i live on the texas coast and my whole block seems to be infested with cut ants, a.k.a., carpenter ants, texas red cut ants,and i know there are about 3 more names but i cant remember them all. any way they can totally strip my hibiscus plant over night. they have stripped tons of leaves off my 25 yr. old ash tree and they’re nests are everywhere. they completely surround my neighbors house around the foundation and they burrow deep into the ground. i have found out that they dont actually eat the leaves that they strip from trees and bushes etc. but they take them down into the tunnels and let them rot. Please help me with any suggestions as to erradicate them as they have done untold damage to my land scape plants as well as my old trees not to mention the money ive spent all to no avail. ive been told the only real way to get rid of them is to hire a professional who sticks a wand or something like it down into the tunnel and forces a poisoness smoke into them. the only problem with that is the main part of the nest can be upwards of a mile away. please help. thanks :(
I’m originally from Texas, too so I know the problems you’re having with those ants! The only thing I found that worked is a product I bought at Wal-Mart called Amdro. It’s amazing. It’s a granulated poison. You pour it on top of the ant bed. They are very attracted to it and take it down into their tunnels where they all eat it – including the queen (which is what you want to get rid of). In a matter of a couple hours, you’ll notice less of the ants. In a couple days, they’re gone.
You’ll have to treat each bed that you see even though they are most likely connected. The product is kind of expensive. I think I paid about $10 for a small canister of it. But, that’s much less than hiring an exterminator.
try a box of grits. you know the stuff you eat for breakfast. put it out where it won’t get wet. they carry it back eat it and die. they can’t digest it. sort of like birds and rice. it worked for me. I had a back yard full. no more. good luck.