Fire Ant Control Methods
Is your property plagued by red imported fire ants? Although there are several methods of fire ant control – some that work and some that don’t – take quick action to minimize the damage by scheduling a treatment from Fire Ant Control, LLC – the best fire ant killer around!
Headquartered in Bokeelia, Florida, Fire Ant Control, LLC and our sister companies serve the entire imported fire ant quarantine area of the southeastern U.S., and we are capable of treating up to 1,000 acres per day.
The Fire Ant Control Solution
It is possible to treat fire ant mounds with liquid insecticide products as well as chemical dusts and granules. These synthetic chemicals can be poured into or spread around the mounds and may be successful at killing some of the ants. However, this temporary method will not eliminate the colony, and the chemicals can be toxic to people, pets and livestock.
Fire Ant Control, LLC’s potent, food-like granular bait kills the ant colonies from the inside out. It contains an insect growth regulator that sterilizes the queen and is approved for use around people, pets, livestock, and on pastures, hay fields and farmland.
Worker ants eat the bait and carry it down into the colony, causing the fire ants to die naturally. Once the queen is sterilized, the entire colony will disappear, and no new ants will be born. Within weeks, your property will be 85-95% free of fire ants.
Because new colonies can invade when ants fly off to mate and start a new colony, or when an existing colony expands into new territory, we highly recommend treatments every four months to keep these troublemakers under control.
Fire Ant Control’s proven treatment works for properties ranging from small residential lots to thousands of acres. Our bait is regulated and approved for use on public and private lands.
Are There Home Remedies That Work?
If you search the Internet, you are bound to find many suggested home remedies for controlling 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 another location and wreak havoc elsewhere. Colonies frequently move and can actually build a new mound several hundred feet away almost overnight.
Is it possible to drown them? Unfortunately, groups of fire ants won’t drown. If their nest is flooded, 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 center and carry any eggs along until they discover 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 are able to partially repel water. Some fire ant rafts will sink within hours if they can’t find dry land, while others may survive afloat for up to 12 days. They are also known to seek temporary shelter along river banks or inside flooded homes and buildings.
Instead of wasting time and energy on useless methods of fire ant control, say goodbye to them by hiring Fire Ant Control, LLC to treat your property three times a year and prevent further fire ant colonization. Call us at (239) 312-8200 for a free estimate.