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Article: Battling the Infamous Imported Fire Ant: Fire ants or termites

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Tom1alt
Garland, TX

March 7, 2011
7:30 AM

Post #8411728

This is just a theory but seems to have been proven in my situation. I have lived at the same residence for many years. I have had termites {to my knowledge} a grand total of 1 year. The year I had them was the only year the fire ants essentially disappeared from the yard. When the termite treatment guy came out, I brought up that observation and he said "termites and fire ants are mortal enemies". Then, when I said "well then, it appears to me that if you don't notice a big downturn in your fire ants infestation, you pretty much have your natural termite inspection done without having to pay for one." I found it amusing you could hear a pin drop after I said that, and I know he heard it. Bottom line: I'm not pro fire-ant but the last thing I want to is to eradicate all of them. I am firmly convinced that as long as you have some fire ants, they will keep the termites away.
TexasTam
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 14, 2011
12:22 PM

Post #8426581

I agree Tom. They are wonderful at softening up the soil too. I am not a fan of nuking anything to death, because there is a need for "bad" bugs as well as good.
Tom1alt
Garland, TX

March 14, 2011
8:08 PM

Post #8427613

Thanks for your reply and I have noticed the soil "softening" also...especially helpful in clay soil which quite frankly I consider garbage soil. It gets as hard as a rock when dry and when wet, it has the composition of double bubble chewing gum. Once again, I am not defending fire ants by any stretch. Having said that, I can definitely think of 2 positives to them...one is a deterent to termites which I am firmly convinced is true and second, the one you mentioned about breaking down the clay "gumbo" type soil that this area of Texas has. I don't think our area will ever be confused with having "sandy loam". LOL!

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