Yikes! Ants!

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by smoke freak, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. smoke freak

    smoke freak StickBurners

    Gotta ant problem... Got one stack-o-hickory thats loaded with ants!
    Its next to a stack-o-pecan next to a stack-o-mesquite next to mulberry next to ... well you get the picture. Only the one stack -o-hickory has ants. Got another stack-o-hickory with no ants but this stack is so bad that trying to split a single log releases about a kazillion little black ants. I cant even pick up a piece of it without dozens of them crawlin on me. These are NOT carpenter ants which I would expect to nest it wood. Little black ants. And they have made this whole stack-o-hickory unusable.

    Any sugestions as to riddin my self of this problem???
    Obviously sprays arent an option...
  2. supervman

    supervman Smoking Fanatic

    That bites man.
    I'd look up Homemade Ant Killer or something of that sort of derivation on the net and possibly you can save some wood w no toxic effects?

    And BTW I've never had smoked ants TO MY KNOWLEDGE !
  3. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Burn it all.
  4. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I did a little googling and the one solution that I thought fit well around these parts was a combination of grits and nutrisweet (aspertame). Supposedly aspertame was developed as a safe pestiside and the grits swell up and cause the little bastages to explode. No clue if it works or not, but I'm getting hungry just thinking about smoked polenta.
  5. flyin'illini

    flyin'illini Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Smoke'em. Ant eggs with tortillas are an appetizer in Mexico. (it's good)
  6. pitrow

    pitrow Smoking Fanatic

    napalm [​IMG]
  7. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    hate to see whole pile go to waste, try preburning... think that would toastem to nothingness???.
  8. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Don't know if there is a real "safe" way a gettin rid them critters, specially bein smokin wood. Guess I'd burn the pile an cut my losses fer they decide the rest a the batch looks like home. Sorry friend, that stinks.

    I just had a thought (that's dangerous) Wonder ifin a feller tarped the pile an started pumpin it full a smoke fer a good long bit if they'd think there was a fire an move out? Might be worth a shot ifin nothin else it'll make the neighbors wonder what in the sam hill yer doin!
  9. smoke freak

    smoke freak StickBurners

    Hey Trav. With my luck they would move into my house! Im thinkin I might try some of those bait traps where they take the bait back and it kills the queen and all. Have seen them work in other situations. Just gotta keep the dogs away from them.
  10. cinnamonkc

    cinnamonkc Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I wonder if that garlic spray would work like it does on the flies, mosquitos and such. I'd try it at least. Might add a bit of garlic flavor to the meat too!! [​IMG]
  11. I say just use the wood as you normally would. The ants burning will not affect the smoke, they aint big enough. I had ants in some of my wood and I still used it,I could not tell the difference. Besides we've all ate worse things than ants!
  12. roscoe dog

    roscoe dog Fire Starter

    Drown them. Put enough water in a garbage can and submerge the wood.
  13. cinnamonkc

    cinnamonkc Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I think he was saying he can't even chop it to be able to use it because they swarmed him so bad...

    I like Roscoe's idea of drowning them...
  14. oh heck just use the wood in your smoker anyways, what's the problem really? With the ant juices, you won't have to pre-soak the wood, and it might lend a nice flavor? (grins)

    Really, why not still use the wood?

    You could always put the wood in the freezer a log at a time if you just want to kill 'em before smoking them.
  15. mcp9

    mcp9 Meat Mopper

    black ants dont bite. act like there not there, and keep burnin!
  16. smoke freak

    smoke freak StickBurners

    Here's the scoop. I couldnt even pick up a log without gettin swarmed. Try to split a log and ants were everywhere!

    Bought some ant stakes. Theyre baits where the workers take the bait back to the nest, which just happened to be in my wood. Around here hickory is a hot commodity, pecan even more so. Losing this wood was not an option! Within one week, the wood is almost ant free. Split the logs and carried them to the smoker without a lick of trouble. And thats it , problem solved.
  17. smoke freak

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  18. coyote

    coyote Master of the Pit

    smoke freak it was spam..and it is reported..
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  20. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I wouldn't trust using that wood, sorry to say. Make a bonfire...

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