In Texas, the fire ant is at the top of the food chain. Years of exposure to pesticides and various petroleum distillates have rendered them immune to all but the most concentrated applications. The invasion in my yard is pretty bad this year, but I have a new idea for destroying mounds. Powdered sodium.
Now I'll admit to being inspired by people like the bee guy
. My idea is really foolish, maybe a little dangerous, but it sounds awfully fun.
My plan is to get a hold of a pound or so of very finely powdered metallic sodium. Don't bother me with details, let me enjoy my little fantasy. Anyway, I'll gouge a nice deep hole in an ant mound with a piece of rebar, pour the sodium in, and stir it up a bit. Then I will haul ass to the garden hose which I have kept at least 25 feet away, and try to arc a stream of water onto the mound. It should EXPLODE in an awesome gout of flame and sodium hydroxide.
I'll be sure to post an update if I ever get drunk enough to try this.