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Elizabeth from Corpus Christi, Tx writes

Please advise best insecticide for Texas Leaf Cutter Ants.

I am unable to find the mound directly since they are out in thick undergrowth woods. The ants come from the woods and attack my hibiscus plants and strip them bare overnight.


Leaf cutter ants can be a difficult pest to get rid of. The colonies are large and the ants make their own food so poison baits only have limited effects on this species of ants. According to several university websites, Maxforce Complete Granules containing ?hydramethlynon? are some what effective, though they will usually eliminate only about 30% of a large colony in one treatment and will need to be reapplied several times. DeltaGard Granules? is one of the only products actually labeled? for leaf cutter ants. The product label? recommends treating the mound directly if possible and lightly watering the granules in. Again, it may take several treatments to get the desired results. We also recommend contacting your local cooperative extension office to see if they have any recommendations for products that have worked for other people in your region.

Answer last updated on: 02/26/2018

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