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Re: Chickweed and other Winterweeds & pests
iris@hort.net
  • Subject: Re: Chickweed and other Winterweeds & pests
  • From: DWiris@aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2012 01:47:32 -0400 (EDT)

Hi Dave,
 
I have large ant hills that are not in iris clumps. Would this product be  
suitable for spreading on the hills or would I have to dig into them?
 
Dorothy Willott
 
 
 
In a message dated 3/28/2012 6:47:52 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  sil1
812@molalla.net writes:

<<Next issue to be resolved - what to do with my fire ant  colony.>>

Hi Linda: My local Ag chemical supplier suggested an  ant insecticide for 
me 
last year that turned out to be the best thing  since.........(fill in your 
choice).

I wanted to keep the ants away  from the spuria so that they wouldn't 
interfere with our hybridizing. This  product is fantastic!!!  What I'm 
referring to is  TALSTAR.

Step 1: Give the bloom stalk a substantial wiggle between  thumb and 
forefinger to knock all the ants and other bugs off the  stalk.

Step 2:  Apply the TALSTAR lightly around and through the  clump.

Step 3: Move on to the next clump and repeat.

I did this  for all 100 plus clumps of spuria last year. I came back about 
45 
minutes  to an hour later and every clump was free of ants and remained 
that 
way  for the entire spuria bloom season and then some!! We made 18 crosses 
and  had 17 takes. Its a little bit on the pricey side......about $1.00/lb. 
One  of the nice things about it though is that it has NO expiration  date.

The product for fire ants is TALSTAR XTRA. Google the product  name and 
check 
it out for yourself.
The following was taken from their  advertising:

<<Research trials and field tests conducted by  industry professionals have 
proven that with the addition of its powerful  new active ingredient, 
Talstar 
XTRA granular insecticide eliminates fire  ant colonies within four hours 
or 
less. And in some cases, the fire ant  populations were decimated in 
minutes, 
not hours.>>

Dave  Silverberg  

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