Ortho Ant Killer
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- Kills the queen and destroys the mound
- No watering-in required
- Treats up to 162 mounds
- 6-Month fire ant protection
- Kills mounds in 15 minutes
- Keeps new mounds from forming
- Ortho Orthene Fire Ant Killer1 kills the queen and destroys the mound, treats up to 162 mounds and requires no watering-in to be effective
- KILLS IN MINUTES: This treatment takes only minutes to apply, and begins killing in just 60 minutes, so you can get back to enjoying your yard fast
- KILLS THE QUEEN & DESTROYS THE MOUND: Killing the queen of a fire ant colony is essential to effectively destroying the mound
- EASY APPLICATION: Simply sprinkle the product over each mound when ants are active and leave it to work its magic — no watering-in needed, see product label for complete instructions
- USE AS PART OF ORTHO 2-STEP SYSTEM: First, destroy existing mounds and their queens with Ortho Orthene Fire Ant Killer1; then, use Ortho Fire Ant Killer Broadcast Granules (sold separately) to prevent new mounds from forming for up to 6 months
- Ortho Fire Ant Killer Broadcast Granules target and kill fly-in queens to prevent new mounds from forming for 6 months of outdoor fire ant protection
- FAST ACTING: This outdoor fire ant killer will kill fire ant mounds in 15 minutes so you can get back to enjoying your lawn
- PROTECT THE GROUND: Treat the entire lawn area to protect your lawn from fire ants that may come from neighboring areas
- EASY TO APPLY: Use a drop or broadcast spreader to apply, and water in as directed; one 11.5-lb. bag treats up to 5,000 sq. ft. of residential lawn
- USE AS PART OF ORTHO 2-STEP SYSTEM: First, destroy existing mounds, including their queens, with Ortho Orthene Fire Ant Killer1 (sold separately); then, use Ortho Fire Ant Killer Broadcast Granules to control new mounds from forming for up to 6 months
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I bought this product because I have used it for four years to kill roaches. I moved into this apartment recently and I want to stop the roaches before they get started.
My last apartment had a horrid infestation of roaches even though they sent an exterminator every month. It was so bad that I went to the manager and cried and begged her to do something. She sent two ladies to clean the place and then she sprinkled a layer of Orthene Fire Ant Killer under my refrigerator ONLY. I swept up dead roaches for five days and then they were all gone from a two bedroom, one bath apartment. I re-applied it about every three months and I never saw another roach. I never let that exterminator back in my place again.
NOTE It is very important to apply this powder where people and pets can't get into it. You might be tempted to sprinkle it in cabinets or on baseboards. DON"T Under the fridge should be sufficient.
1. Smells horrible, though I personally don't care how it smells, so long as a product like this works. Therefore, I won't take off any points for this.
2. Always stand upwind when you sprinkle it on the mound. If you're downwind, you'll be far more likely to get a whiff of the powder, which will not be a delightful experience.
3. The container is a pretty good size, but it's only half full. Yes, the label says there's 12 oz. worth of powder, but most people don't have a solid idea how little the amount really is. When you see the container, you think it's got a lot in it. But open up the container and you'll find it only half full. I ordered FIVE of them and they all had the same amount, roughly half the container. Sure, probably 12 ounces like the label says, but I always feel cheated when I see containers half full. Seriously, if you aren't going to fill up the container, how about saving some plastic and put the powder in smaller containers?
4. Product says it will treat "up to 162 mounds." GOOD LUCK getting it to treat this many. Yes, I read the fine print and I know it says "up to" 162 mounds. When you see any product say "up to," read it as saying "Plan on using way more than the big print indicates, because the odds of you getting this much use out of it is roughly equal to winning the lottery!" The only way you will approach treating 162 mounds is if ALL your fire ant mounds are micro sized! Basically, the size of the palm of your hand or smaller. Some reviewers have noted that this stuff does not kill the fire ants. Orthene killed every single one of the mounds I treated. HOWEVER, you have to be sure to put enough on the mound. I bought 5 canisters because I have a large yard and knew I would need to do a lot of dusting. But it's nearly impossible to catch most mounds at a 4 inch diameter or less, which is the size you will use the least prescribed amount of Orthene. And to stretch it out to treat 162 mounds, ALL of the fire ant mounds you treat would have to be 4 inches or less in size. Many of the mounds I had were a foot across (vast majority were 8 inches+) and it takes A LOT of this stuff to work. Many mounds were not fully killed in the first go round, so I had to re-dust them. So I know I did not overuse this product. I followed carefully but still had to re-dust some of them the next day to finish them off.
5. Does not work nearly as fast as advertised. Like I said, it DOES work, but not as fast as claimed. Especially if I didn't dust the mound enough. I would go out the next day and find some mounds still active, though the fire ants were far fewer in numbers and they acted drunk.
6. I first ordered it just a few weeks ago. Was going to order more today, despite some misgivings, but the price had already gone up by more than $2. Per container!.
7. It's way faster than mound drenching. I was using a Bifen super concentrate to make up a solution, using my large spray tank and hauling the liquid around from mound to mound. You have to drench the mound with enough liquid to reach down to the queen, and it's time consuming. Dusting the mound is much faster.
Bottom line: It works, but not as fast as advertised. It stinks, but hey, it's poison, and you'll be more likely to keep it away from your face, which you should do anyway. Cans contain a small amount and will not treat many normal sized fire ant mounds. I bought 5 cans, like I mentioned, and I killed maybe 110 mounds, grand total.
If it treated anywhere near 162 mounds per can, it would still be a bargain, even with the price going up. I originally thought that if it treated maybe half that number, say 80 mounds, it would STILL be a bargain. OK, say if it would kill only 40 mounds per can. STILL a bargain. I could kill 200 mounds (5 cans worth) costing me just over 40 bucks. But I could only squeeze just over 100 mounds out of 5 cans, only 20-25 mounds per can.
THEREFORE... it works, but takes a good amount to do the job unless you only have tiny mounds, so each can does not go very far. Minus 2 stars for that. Otherwise, I would give it 5.
At the former price, it was cheaper than using a Bifen solution to drench the mound, as noted above. Now, drenching is cheaper because of the steep uptick in price of the Orthene, but the Orthene's more convenient and faster for treating lots of mounds. So I will be searching for other options before buying again.