Introduction: How to Kill Fire Ants and Commit Genocide

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This Instructable is a glimmer of hope for the haters of that most dastardly of ants, the FIRE ANT

Step 1: a Brief Word:

Now, before you jump to conclusions, I believe all animals have a purpose and place (generally right next to the mashed potatoes and gravy :D), however when they are no longer in this place, they no longer have purpose. Red Imported Fire Ants are an example of these rouge species (they're imported, duh). I quite personally detest the little bastards, they sting you, they destroy native habitats, they devour native species, they are a general pain, and they bite you (I might have mentioned that one already). So anyway, it is one of my life's passions to destroy as many of there kind as possible. However, I seek only to destroy fire ants, leading me to come to various means of mound specific destruction.

Step 2: Let's Get Started

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One fine day I was making a vinegar and baking soda volcano. I was directed by a higher power (known simply as MUM) to set it off outside. I craftily placed it on a fire ant mound and let it rip. I was surprised at the massive mayhem and destruction it caused. Ants poured out of the mound, hoping to escape the burning acidity of the magma that rained down upon them, only to be fried by more of that unrelenting acid from hell, and my magnifying glass. Upon demonstrating this new weapon to the mighty MUM, I was commanded to go forth and destroy as many of the Mounds of the Red Infidels as possible.

Further use crafted this WMD into the form I'll show you today.

First thing you do is find you a fire ant mound, some sodium bicarbonate (baking soda jock), and the most powerful vinegar(usually 20% can be found in garden stores) you can lay thine destructive hands upon.

Weird, it won't let me add notes to my pic. Anyways, due to MUM's (and mine own) mighty wrath, all the best Mounds of the Red Infidels were destroyed before I thought to pass this information onto others. Therefore I am forced to apologise for the shrimpy mound.

Step 3: Name This Step ....... Umm Dunno, Next Step?

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Generously sprinkle the mound with baking soda. If large, poke holes in the mound and fill 'em with baking soda. I haven't confirmed it, but it seems the ants don't care to much for the baking soda.

Step 4: Step... Dunno, Wasn't Keeping Count

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After the mound has been treated with sodium bicarbonate, you're ready to add vinegar. Pour a generous amount of vinegar on the mound, a small mound (like the one illustrated) takes about a quart, larger ones up to a half a gallon. Watch as those filthsome and foulsome little orcses die my precious, they DIE my precious, die!!! mmmuuuhhahhahahaha!!!!. Sorry, it's just I found this ring in a hunk of volcanic rock and it's really weird what it'll get you to say...
Anyway, the ants will get fried alive as the vinegar eats away at there little exoskeletons, propelled deeper into the mound by the reacting baking soda. Not sure but it's possible they get smothered by the CO2 produced by the reaction. Either way, you'll have a mound full of dead fire ants in no time.

Excuse while I investigate the screams outside...


live... long... and prosper... guhh ehh


maninamousesuit (author)2007-11-06

Crikey lads..I never saw so much effort involved in killing small bugs. Ok I know we who are stranded on a western isle do not see much of the biting and stinging insects but god almighty..Its easy to kill things that are small and a waste of 100,000 years of technology and human evolution

Have you ever been bitten by a fire ant? Ever had them swarm up your leg and bite it till it is nothing but a pusing pustule?

IT'S REVENGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ubr.bzkr (author)KentsOkay2008-10-24

when I was 5 I took a plastic shovel to go "treasure hunting" in my woods and I accidently smacked an underground bees nest. those suckers are my worse enemies. so are wasps, sometimes they will sting for little or no reason.

Derin (author)ubr.bzkr2008-10-31

same here i hate all kinds of bees they sneak up on breaks and try to eat my chocolate today they made me shout "BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE" in my loudest shout

dlbott (author)Derin2017-02-19

ok, please don't kill bee's. wasp are ok but without bee's u don't eat lol. bee's pollinate 100% of the food we eat in this country. if they die, we die, literally. so don't kill bee's lol.

ubr.bzkr (author)ubr.bzkr2008-10-24

baking soda and some other stuff will help the stings, but what I wanted was revenge. thats why the best way to kill thoes bees is with liquid long range insect killer and a lighter. I find that insects arnt all that fond of fire.

Derin (author)ubr.bzkr2008-10-31

hairspray+match+flash powder=death 2 them

KentsOkay (author)ubr.bzkr2008-10-25


Mugsy Knuckles (author)KentsOkay2014-04-29

Australia has things that fire ants have nightmares about. Bulldog ants, for one.

Plasmana (author)KentsOkay2008-10-28

I had experienced that problem when I was 8, but RED ANTS! I was outside talking away with another person and soon one of my leg feels strange, but I kept on talking... Then my leg feels even MORE strange, then I finally looked at my leg and what I saw is my leg plastered in red ants... I screamed like hell and run around in my garden, it was no fun...

KentsOkay (author)Plasmana2008-10-28

I share your suffering, now share in mine enemies DESTRUCTION!!!!

Plasmana (author)KentsOkay2008-10-28

Yes!!! They are really annoying and PAINFUL!!!

no my friend...

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i had to do it...

Sorry chum, html don't work here

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appearantly not......

It's wiki formatting place a "=" at the beginning and end of th text you want big.

like this

ah thank you, as i was saying...

its not revenge...

=IT IS SPARTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111!!!!!!!!!1one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!shift+1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111!1!1!!!!

IT IS SPARTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111!!!!!!!!!1one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!shift+1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111!1

forgot the = at the end... lol


yanksguy (author)maninamousesuit2011-01-23

Who are you kidding? Australia has bull ants, the likes of which make fire ants look like little weenies by comparison. Folks not from Down Under should look up bull ants and see what they can do. Wicked bad ants.

astalav1sta0308 (author)2017-01-25

All solid tips

saschenbrenner1 (author)2016-09-18

For those who have never been bit....I am suffering. It is awful. Itches something awful till I have scratched the skin off. I hate fire ants

Tlyna52 (author)saschenbrenner12016-11-01

Shortly after I moved to Florida I accidentally stood too long on some mulch hiding a fire ant nest and ended up bit about 25 times. Mine didn't hurt but they itched. I did something that doctors tend to tell you not to do but I did it then and every time since when I get bit. When they become pustules I puncture them with a sterilized needle and squeeze the pus and venom out then soak them in hydrogen peroxide before letting them air dry. A few of the bigger ones I had to redo a second time but most dry up and the itching dies away very fast. Sometimes use aloe vera gel for the itching the first day, usually no problem after.

pheinle (author)Tlyna522016-12-08

You can try putting bleach on a cotton ball and swabbing the bites with it. That helped when our kids got bit.

velacreations (author)2011-04-03

I just use food grade diatomaceous earth for all bugs. It is completely non-toxic and easy to use. just put a thick ring of it around the ant bed, and you're done.

But the great thing is that it is non-toxic, so even if my 2 yr old eats it, I don't have to worry (get the food grade stuff).

Tlyna52 (author)velacreations2016-11-01

I used it on ant nests when I lived in Michigan so when I moved here I figured it would work just as well and yeah it does. Still, I am going to try this method to see if he works as it would be cheaper and just as safe to use around kids and pets.

RoxanneM15 (author)2016-07-27

I have an acre of land and the ants are every 4 to 5 feet hills one afternoon we wear out and the ants wear getting in we started poored alcohol and started a fire with wood on ant hill the next morning thier wear im not lieing 1000s of queen ants out dieing no more ant piles

Chrissilu (author)RoxanneM152016-09-15

Alcohol, like rubbing alcohol, or some other kind?

Morepaws (author)2015-06-25

My lawn has so many ant mounds NO ONE will walk on my lawn. I pulled up 1, only one weed in my front yard and it seemed like a trillion mini mini ants came up with it. So many that i was afraid to pull another weed. I cant have a cookout in my back yard there are so many mounds, its gross and it makes me wonder what under my house looks like. It is really freaking me out. I have overly, treated my yard allready. I surprised i still have grass! I cant keep spending that kind of money, Im going to try the borax and powered sugar but im also gonna try the baking soda and vingar too. Is there a special vingar or is it the vingar i buy at food store?

Morepaws (author)Morepaws2015-06-25

I will send pics if anyone want to see?

Chrissilu (author)Morepaws2016-09-15

Yes, plz!!

bluidmidget (author)2016-07-06

This is my understanding of how fire ants eat:

I tried all sorts of methods to kill the mound in my yard and the little buggers just kept moving and made new mounds. I finally bought the liquid ant bait, placed six around the mound, covered it in a clear plastic so the traps wouldn't blow away and put some bricks on top of the plastic to keep my dogs from getting too curious. And I actually replaced the traps just one time because it gets so sticky that ants clogged the entry to the traps. This was toward the end of the season so didn't really know if the queen was actually killed or not until the following year. No more mounds. Queen dead. Life goes on.

Brainchigger1 (author)2012-04-19

Bleach and vinegar make a very dangerous chlorine gas. PVC pipe, with holes drilled through, to let the gas escape underground. Shove the pipe in and pull it out 6" or so, pour in the bleach, then twice the amount of vinegar. cap the pipe and cover with a well pressed down 5 gallon bucket. Leave it for a few days. If you killed the Queen, your job is done. Wear gloves, and leave the area, the ants will be after you. Anybody else got ideas along these lines, I would like to hear them.

Chlorine gas can kill a human in seconds! Please do not use this method of ant extermination since it could kill you instead. :(

witherman (author)2016-04-08

ha! I'd rather torch them the completely obliterate the hill or colony with a small explosive.

KatyB10 (author)2016-03-13

haha! You're so funny! Another thing I do, since I live iñ Mobile, Ala..which is where the the very first little illegal aliens came from south america and jumped ship at our Port Of Mobile, is to kill the Queen. She is down inside the mound. I drive a pipe into the ground a little way and pour gasoline, kerosene,turpentine, or any other deadly, murderous product I can find via funnel, into the hole. Sometimes when I'm really pissed, I set the mound on fire...yes, there are black spots all over my yard....whatever...

witherman (author)KatyB102016-04-08


monmarkai44 (author)2015-10-15

An interesting thing happened today with the Red Fire Ants in my back yard. It rained slightly last night and when I looked at the Red Ants on one of the many mounds, it was covered in both red and tiny black ants. The black ants were killing the red ants. Anyone experience this? It seems strange since the red ants are many times bigger than the black ants.

SandyP14 (author)2015-10-01

omg can't wait to get home and start the killing!!! I have about 40 or more mounds in yard, well maybe like 20 but feels like 1000 can't even walk around in yard. Will return with images, stay tuned......

mistibelle (author)2015-08-24

I love this. Thank you. I was hoping to find an idea of what to put on my children's shoes for playing at the infested park. The little enemy has taken over the black plastic border of the playground, and there are more little ant hills popping up in the mulch all the time. I got bitten today.

KimberlyB11 (author)2015-08-08

I came home yesterday and stepped in fire ant mound in my drive way. Im using the sugar and baking soda as well as vinegar. I hate these ants (author)2015-04-25

for so long i thought i was all alone in my war against fore ants. Yes, i know the average person treats their yard or kills a mound here and there, but im talking about those of us who wake up with one thing in mind. Revenge! I live in the country so to say we have a generous amount of fire ants is a understatement. Ive seen mounds that were knee high, to me not a grasshopper. I cant express how excited i am to try this trick. Anyone know if it helps if the ground is dry or damp? Im off to buy all the baking soda, sugar, and vinegar i can find. Thank you so much!
Game on ants.

peggy.casey (author)2015-03-27

The thing is, you have to kill the queen. So if you don't use enough to get all the way to the queen, she will re populate the mound. So spraying with the vinegar solution will only kill part of the workers, not the queen.

Brooklynangel (author)2015-03-21

I come from NY & have never encountered fire ants until I moved to Florida, was walking my dog and did not know why my ankle was red & burning I kicked my sneakers off & a neighbor told me I walked on a mound of red ants. Just purchased a house & I see these mounds. Now it is get even time. Thanks,I love your solution.

forte41 (author)2015-01-23

Love the humor in a no humor subject. I look forward to my first "killing" of the hill of death. (and yes, these ants do kill others, people also !)

Pookarah (author)2015-01-22

Another way to kill them long term (if they keep coming back) is to mix baking soda + sugar and sprinkle it around, they eat it, and then it reacts inside them killing them.

eileen.vaughan.14 (author)2014-09-17

Those little darlings just killed 2 kitties, I;m having a hard time killing the red ants, their a nightmare!!!

Tom36 (author)2014-05-30

To increase your killing power mix 50/50 powder sugar and baking soda. The ants will eat it and take back to their nest. After feeding them for a couple days do the and vinegar as instructed. The ants that have digested the baking soda and sugar will blow up from the inside total destruction. Thanks Tom

asusa1 (author)2014-05-20

I love genocide! Me and this guy have a lot in common

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