Best Defense Against Fire Ants
Red imported fire ants can fly, and even floods won’t drown or deter them. The best defense against them is to take advantage of the proven treatment solution from Fire Ant Control, LLC.
Dealing with fire ants on your own can be dangerous. Fire ants are capable of inflicting multiple stings and bites on people, pets and livestock as they defend their colonies. If you fail to eliminate the queen, you won’t ever get rid of them entirely.
Fire Ant Control, LLC provides the most effective and affordable fire ant solution for homeowners and businesses throughout Florida, the Southeast U.S., and anywhere else our services are needed. We are recognized specialists in controlling red fire ants on any size or type of land.
The bait we use contains an insect growth regulator that sterilizes the queen and is approved for use around people, pets and livestock. It has no re-entry interval, which means that you, your family, your pets and other animals can walk anywhere on the property immediately after treatment has been applied.
We guarantee that our fully licensed and insured service will help rid 85-95% of the fire ants from your residential, commercial or agricultural property for four months at a time, or your money back.
Why Are Fire Ants So Hard to Kill?
Fire ants owe much of their success at invading our yards, parks, golf courses and other property to their ability to protect themselves from predators and rapidly reproduce.
To kill a colony, the queen must be killed. But, unlike other types of ants, fire ant colonies often have multiple queens, helping them to spread quickly.
Properties with single queen colonies may have 40 to 150 mounds and about 7 million red fire ants per acre. If infested with multiple queen colonies, there may be 200 or more mounds and up to 40 million red fire ants per acre. To get rid of them, you have to get all of the queens.
Do Home Remedies Work?
Many home remedies are suggested to control fire ants, everything from orange peels, instant grits and gasoline, to bleach, dishwashing liquid, vinegar, and diatomaceous earth.
While you may succeed at killing a few ants, these remedies typically just cause the fire ants to move to a different location. Colonies frequently move from one site to another. In fact, they can build a new mound several hundred feet away almost overnight.
Can you drown them? Unfortunately, groups of fire ants won’t drown. When flooding strikes their nest, they emerge from underground, link their legs together, and form a watertight ball or “living raft” that can float on the water. Worker ants carefully protect the queen in the middle and carry any eggs along until they come across dry soil where they can re-establish their colony.
Unlike other insects, fire ants can do this because their bodies are “hydrophobic,” which means they have the ability to partially repel water. Some fire ant rafts will sink within hours if they’re unable to find dry land, while others may survive afloat for up to 12 days. They may also seek temporary shelter along river banks or inside flooded homes and buildings.
Fire Ant Control’s proven fire ant treatment focuses on sterilizing the queen(s). The potent granular bait is ingested by the worker ants and carried down into the colony, causing the fire ants to die naturally. It is superior to sprays and insecticides that are short-lived (only killing surface ants), sometimes dangerous, and very expensive.
For the best long-term defense against fire ants, give Fire Ant Control a call at (239) 312-8200 for a free estimate and to schedule your first treatment.