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    I noticed an ant mound at the base of one of my bottle brushes. Not fire ants as they are much smaller.

    Any ideas how to get rid of them without killing the bottle brush?

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    try near straight vinegar, in your pump up sprayer

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    Spray ( w/ a 1 or 2 gal. pump spray bottle) 'CYPER TC' really well at the base of each infested tree and out approx a foot around and spray up and down the trunk and branches. I do this regularly when a mount pops up and my lawn is at least as I can tell fire ant free and no signs of other ants or bugs either. This is an all around universal concentrate primarily used for termite control. I also do my own termite applications and I buy this by the case from a DoYourOwnPestControl.com site. Before doing this, I tried everything. Order the stuff and in time, you will be back in control. Does not hurt plants that I can see so far and I've been using it for about 10 years now. Very reasonably priced too. I was turned onto this stuff by a pest control employee. Shortly after I tried it and found how great and easy the application was, I fired him. :D I mix two gallons worth in a spray bottle and keep in on hand for when it's needed. The concentrate goes a long way and I prefer to add a few more ounces than needed. BTW, the ants will get this on their little feet and track it back to the nest and share with family and co workers :D If you need a link, I will find you the link. Have a joyful day.

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    10 years, how can that be--you said your new to the county--do you fib? if so thats for pres twump

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    Quote Originally Posted by slick View Post
    10 years, how can that be--you said your new to the county--do you fib? if so thats for pres twump
    You seem to be a confused person and quite often I must add. FYI: I've used CYPER TC when I lived in Volusia County, and other areas around Florida before moving here to be closer to my family.

    And back to 'Stumpy McDugal' : Anyway, ants love the humid area here and thrive in our moist soils, especially UNDER trees where the ground is damp and somewhat cool. They are thriving since we've had all this rain and the water table has risen. They thrive in the plant root systems. Yours are probably sugar ants ( if little black ants) and I believe the bottle brush, if I'm not mistaken, is a sweet bloom for them to eat.

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    Be very careful with vinegar as it will kill your grass because of the acid content. Not sure about other wanted plants such as trees and shrubs but it is used as a non selective weed killer. As far as I am concerned, it will to kill anything it comes in contact with. And yes, I've used it as a weed killer and I found out the hard way. I'm disappointed that this wasn't mentioned earlier. Be careful where you use it. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Barrows View Post
    You seem to be a confused person and quite often I must add. FYI: I've used CYPER TC when I lived in Volusia County, and other areas around Florida before moving here to be closer to my family.

    And back to 'Stumpy McDugal' : Anyway, ants love the humid area here and thrive in our moist soils, especially UNDER trees where the ground is damp and somewhat cool. They are thriving since we've had all this rain and the water table has risen. They thrive in the plant root systems. Yours are probably sugar ants ( if little black ants) and I believe the bottle brush, if I'm not mistaken, is a sweet bloom for them to eat.
    no confusion here dude

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Barrows View Post
    Be very careful with vinegar as it will kill your grass because of the acid content. Not sure about other wanted plants such as trees and shrubs but it is used as a non selective weed killer. As far as I am concerned, it will to kill anything it comes in contact with. And yes, I've used it as a weed killer and I found out the hard way. I'm disappointed that this wasn't mentioned earlier. Be careful where you use it. Thanks
    viniger worked just fine dude

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    You remember, he sprayed that all over when he was running miles up and down the beach with his wonder dog.
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    no worries of killing grass, just mulch around the brush.

    please explain 'near' vinegar.
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    100% straight, sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by slick View Post
    try near straight vinegar, in your pump up sprayer
    1st treatment, 95% eradicated

    2nd treatment, 100% eradicated


    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy McDugal View Post
    1st treatment, 95% eradicated

    2nd treatment, 100% eradicated


    Thanks!
    How long did it take to count all those suckers to determine the percentage after the first application? Must have taken a very long time...

    Seriously, glad that good came from CC poster helping another CC poster and that your bottlebrush tree is now ant-free.
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