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Control Those Fire Ants

When it comes to insect pests, fire ants would probably top everyone’s list! These pests are an annoying species with large, unsightly mounds. Often mowers and other equipment can be damaged by these pests as well as electrical equipment in buildings due to the ants chewing on the wire insulation.

Sunny areas such as pastures, parks, lawns, meadows, and cultivated fields are the fire ant’s ideal location to build mounds. However they can also nest under boards or stones, or in cracks in the concrete. When a mound is disturbed, the workers will swarm the attacker and sting very aggressively.

Colonies frequently migrate from one site to another. The queen only needs a few workers to start a new colony, and it only takes a matter of hours for the workers to develop a new mound.

Since it is not possible to treat all infested areas, fire ants cannot be eliminated entirely. Most people try to control fire ants by treating individual mounds. To be effective, the mound treatment must kill the queen. Otherwise, the colony will survive. Even then, some nests may go undetected. An area where every mound has been treated can soon be re-infested by fire ant colonies migrating from untreated areas. It is usually more effective and less expensive for homeowners to treat the entire yard with a product designed for broadcast application. For broadcast fire ant bait, it is recommended that you treat your yard a couple times a year during the warm months.

To get the most from your fire-ant treatment be sure to follow the directions carefully.

Contact the Grounds Guys for a quote for your outdoor residential or commercial insect pest needs.