This Instructable is a glimmer of hope for the haters of that most dastardly of ants, the FIRE ANT
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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
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?
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
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...
OMG!! GIANT KILLER FIRE ANTS??? THEY ARE COMING FOR ME!!! AAAAAGGGHHH!!! THEY BITE!!!! HELLPPPPPPPPPP!!!!! AAAAAAAAGGGGGHHHHH gulph (assorted sounds of expiration)
live... long... and prosper... guhh ehh
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