I've lived with Peachfront Conures Aratinga aurea for 30 years. I've bred 'em, trained 'em, even visited Bolivia to observe them in the wild. For more about me, click right here.
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fire ants on the warpath
When we first moved here in 1991, our next-door neighbor informed us that, "St. Tammany Parish was built on a fire ant hill!" It's an ill hurricane that blows nobody any good, and we actually had some fairly fire ant free years after Katrina. Yah, yah, fire ants can form a little ball and go swimming, but apparently they're not all that. As in, I once had a ball of fire ants in my hot tub, but that doesn't mean that they could just ride out a major event like Katrina.
But now, guess what. They're b-a-a-a-c-k!
On the screened bird porch, I can treat areas where the Conures (and my Amazon) can't reach, because those areas are screened away from bird beaks. But in the actual yard, it's a little scary, since the whole yard is being undermined by fire ant hills at the moment.
I've recently tried a two-pronged approach. Treat with Amdro and cover the mound so that birds won't pick up those delicious looking pellets. It didn't work 100% but then, after a few days, I poured white vinegar over the mound. Seems to be fire ant free in that area so far. Pray for us!
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