If you have ever encountered a colony of fire ants you know just how much of a nuisance these little bugs can be. Fire ants are aggressive insects, and their bites are incredibly painful. As their name implies, a fire ant bite causes a burning sensation to the victim and depending on the number of bites could become fatal. These pests can wreak havoc on your property as they migrate from mound to mound very quickly, so it can be difficult to eliminate them from your yard.
How to get rid of fire ants in your yard
One common solution to exterminating fire ants from your yard is to use pesticides on the mounds. When using pesticides there are both liquid and dust or granular applications. When using a liquid insecticide it is best to pour the liquid directly into the mound to kill the queen. A dust insecticide will be applied around the mound for the ants to retrieve and take back to the colony, eliminating them from within. The weather can have a big effect on the success of the insecticide, so it is important to time your applications accordingly. If it is too hot, the liquid insecticides can dry quickly and not produce the desired effect. Wet conditions can cause runoff of both liquid and dust applications, so this should be avoided if possible. The most effective time to treat fire ant mounds is in the morning on a warm day. The worker ants are most active in the morning, so you will have a greater chance of success for the worker ants to take the bait and poison the queen, thus killing the entire colony.
How to get rid of fire ants in your home
An important step in removing fire ants from inside your home is locating where the insects are entering. Cracks in the walls and trim, along with holes in flooring are common entry points for ants. Sealing these areas can prevent more insects from entering and will make removal of the current insects easier. Once the entry points have been sealed, an insecticide that is rated for in-home use can be applied to the area. Make sure to avoid using exterior insecticides, as this can cause more ants to be attracted to the area rather than eliminating them.
Natural ways to get rid of fire ants
There are a wide variety of natural methods to get rid of fire ants, but some are more effective than others. Pouring 2-3 gallons of hot water directly on a fire ant mound can kill the ants inside. This method has varying degrees of effectiveness as fire ants can move quickly and relocate to another mound before the entire colony is killed by the water. Boiling water can kill the grass around the mound, so be cautious when using this method to avoid any damage to your landscaping in the area. Another natural option is to drench the mound in citrus oil. The natural components inside citrus can be toxic for fire ants and can kill the colony without affecting the landscape around the mound.
Call Clegg’s Pest Control
Sometimes, fire ants can get out of control and continue to build mounds all across your yard. If you don’t dispose of fire ant mounds properly they will keep coming back. If you notice more and more mounds popping up in your yard, it may be time to call the professionals. Contact Clegg’s today and get a free inspection when you fill out the form below.