There is no mistaking the horrible pain from a fire ant sting. If you have ever stepped on a fire ant mound, you know the pain that ensures and the beginning of the fight to get rid of them. Finding a good fire ant killer is the key to keeping these pests off your property.
Unfortunately, the red imported fire ant is abundant in Florida, where the weather is ideal for its existence. Getting rid of them can be tricky. It is essential to use a company like Fire Ant Control, LLC, to ensure you are getting rid of all of the ants and not just the surface ants.
Characteristics of the Mound
When you see a small hump in the soil with fire ants crawling on it, you can be sure you’ve discovered their home. Many people are armed with a can of chemical spray, ready to take them all out. However, that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to their living space.
Mounds typically are small and look like a pile of loose sand. You may see fire ants crawling about on the mound, but there is no apparent entrance or exit like you find with other ant mounds. Instead, inside is a network of tunnels they use to maneuver in and out of the mound and gather and get food for the queen. This is why spraying a mound is so ineffective. Most of the ants are not on the surface.
You can commonly find mounds in high grass, near air conditioners, HVAC units, and electrical panels. Because these are typically right next to your house, you must make sure there are no foundation cracks or holes that encourage them to move inside.
You would think that the heavy rains Florida faces would wipe out these fire ant tunnel systems, but fire ants can band together to form a floating mound of ants when those heavy rains occur. They are more likely to attack when they are in this situation as they don’t have their mound and tunnels to protect them.
How to Get Rid of Them
Getting rid of red imported fire ants is not an easy task. It certainly doesn’t happen overnight. Fire Ant Control, LLC uses a granular bait that is applied to the property once every four months.
After application, people and pets can return to the property immediately. For the ants, however, it’s game over. This bait is taken to the queen. Once she eats it, she will become sterile and eventually die. The importance of this is that she is the single reproducer for the entire colony. Without her, the whole colony will die off, and no new ants will be born. This is why it is not an overnight fix. It takes time for the colony to die off.
If you think you see fire ant mounds or have a fire ant problem, contract Fire Ant Control, LLC at (239) 312-8200 today to schedule your free consultation and start our fire ant killer treatment right away.