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How To Control Fire AntsFire ant

There are many types of ant infestations that can occur in a household but few infestations strike fear in the heart of the homeowner like the fire ant. Fire Ants (also known as red ants) are regarded as one of the most dangerous and troublesome species of ant that can be found in the United States. Fire ants are also one of the only species of ants whose sting can cause serious reactions to people and give off a burning sensation on the skin, hence the name they are given. People often confuse fire ants as biters, but what they actually do is pinch the skin to lift it and then inject their toxin to the pinched skin.

Fire ants are found all over the country but are prevalent especially in the south where the temperatures are more preferred by fire ants. They have also thrived in the region due to a lack of predators. Fire ants are very aggressive in nature and they can build up the population of their colonies alarmingly fast with colonies reaching numbers as high as 250,000. Fire ants also create visible mounds that can be rather large. They are a large threat to pets, people and livestock.

If your home has come down with a fire ant infestation then immediate action needs to be taken to protect you and your family from these aggressive pests. Whether you’re looking for control products or free advice from DIY experts, Solutions Pest and Lawn has everything you need to get rid of fire ants in the most effective way.

How To Get Rid of Fire Ants: Solutions 4 Step Process

Controlling fire ants can be quite difficult as they are aggressive and persistent and likely to reinvade places they are driven out of. To achieve the best possible long-term protection, you will need a solid control program which tackles the infestation in more than one way. Solutions Pest & Lawn recommends a combination of baits, sprays and granules for controlling fire ants as well as exclusion measures to make your property less welcoming to fire ants. Below are some simple steps we put together for you to follow when addressing this problem pest.

Step 1: Before you can tackle fire ants with chemical control, it is best to do a thorough inspection to see where fire ants are residing and where they are the most active.  When it comes to fire ants, you need to start your inspection outdoors and then work your way indoors. Usually this can be easily done by locating fire ant mounds in your yard and observing fire ants foraging in the early morning or late evening time.

Step 2: Destroy Ant mound and/or nests. Once you have located the ant mound, destroy the mound immediately by applying an insecticide such as Reclaim IT Insecticide or FiPro Foaming Aerosol. Spray to the point of totally drenching the nest using a hose end sprayer, ensuring the product gets good penetration to really get into the mound and reach the queen.

Step 3: Once the mound has been treated, there are likely many fire ants still out foraging and the queen and reproductives may still be alive and will just make a new generation to deal with. To combat these ants, baiting should also be a part of your control program like Extinguish Plus Fire Ant Bait  to take care of the remaining outdoor population. Alternatively, you can use Bifen LP granules.

Step 4: For ants that have made their way indoors, we recommend sprays and dusts. An aerosol like Fipro Foaming Aerosol can be sprayed on fire ants directly or used to treat cracks and crevices. Fordusts, use D-Fense Dust behind electrical outlets, wall voids and to create a barrier around your home to keep fire ants out.

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How to Control Fire Ants Like a Professional

 

Contrary to what some people might believe, you cannot just pour boiling water on your fire ant mound and think you will be fire ant free. When this is done, or even disturbing the mound, will simply make the colony relocate to a new part of the yard.

 

Colonies generally have their own territories. They forage in established trails. Red imported fire ants will sometimes nest in areas of exposed soil within buildings (e.g., bath traps). They also build outside nests adjacent to foundation walls and slabs. Fire ants are attracted to electrical junction boxes and air conditioners. They also nest in gas and water meter boxes and follow pipes into the building.


Feeding Preferences: Red imported fire ants prefer high-protein foods, but will feed on almost any plant or animal matter.
Social insects require some finesse, and the proper attractant to get them to do what you want them to do, and let them think they are doing what they want to do, similar to husbands.


Have the right bait and following the application recommendations on the label will make you an ant killing machine.

 

Say goodbye Mister Fire Ant!


At Solutions Pest & Lawn, we offer a full line of professional pest control products including a variety of ant control products like ant baits and ant killers so that you can kill all your ant control problems in an instant. Whether it is carpenter ant baits or fire ant killers, we have dedicated pest control products for all ant types.

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