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maud gonne
Da Kine

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Posted - 10/26/2013 :  17:03:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
For those of you who have used Amdro for little fire ants: is the bait in any way attractive to dogs or cat? I have both and do not want them getting into or even near the bait.


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Posted - 10/26/2013 :  17:50:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As the Amdro Ant Bait, Fire Strike, & Ant Block bait are all edible oil covered corn cob (with the pesticide mixed into the edible oil) it can be an attractant to certain dogs & cats...but it should not be dumped in clumps, so very limited pesticide should be available to a pet...

It can be put into bait stations to lessen a pets contact, but if you use Fire Strike as a yard treatment, it is not as easy to totally eliminate pet contact...but we even use Fire Strike as a directed bait in the stations...and use various other methods to limit pet contact (even taped bait granules on wall trails...

I have switched over to Fire Strike, as it seems to last longer, & has significantly dropped the numbers on our lot (but eliminating the buggers probably will not happen, as they do come in from other yards... luckily a group of neighbors are now treating)

One of the biggies is to treat the trails & the TREES, one of the Punawebbers posted about wrapping the bait in foil & wrapping it into tree limbs...this is helping us, but have yet to treat all of our bananas...which seem to be a LFA fav... have really cut done the numbers in our citrus with this method...
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Posted - 10/27/2013 :  08:08:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Our dog will bite open a bait station to get to the amdro and our chickens will hunt, scratch out, and eat every last granule if we let them. I had to devise my own method to rain and animal-proof the amdro. I sprinkle the amdro on the ground and then take a small piece of corrugated steel roofing and place it over the amdro. Then I put a few big lava rocks on top of the roofing.

I agree that the fire strike seems to last a little longer, but it also costs a lot more. They might balance each other out in the long run. I'm getting the amdro for just under $10/pound with free shipping through amazon. Might be cheaper through BEI if they sell it but its probably a huge amount that spoils before you can use it all. One problem with these products is that in the high humidity of Hawaii you need to use it up right after you open it. Or else the ants aren't attracted to it.
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Da Kine

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Posted - 11/21/2013 :  15:32:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just a heads up. Today saw that Ace Hardware (hilo) has 2 pound bags for $20.
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