What Can You Use to Control Fire Ants Near Cattle?
If you’re interested in what you can use to control fire ants near cattle, look no further than Fire Ant Control, LLC. Take advantage of our guaranteed livestock-friendly treatments, and fire ants will no longer be a problem.
Fire Ant Control, LLC is Southwest Florida’s trusted fire ant expert. We deliver the most effective and affordable fire ant solution for residential, commercial, and agricultural properties in South Florida and anywhere else our services are needed.
Fire Ants and Livestock
Red imported fire ants have invaded more than 360 million acres across the southeastern U.S., as well as California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Virginia, and they continue to spread.
With nearly half of the agricultural land in Florida involved in cattle production (with more than 800,000 cows and calves), protecting the livestock from fire ants is a never-ending problem.
When a fire ant mound (nest) is disturbed, hundreds of worker ants will swarm out of the nest and aggressively sting nearby people and animals, first sinking their mandibles into the skin and then injecting a venom called Solenopsin into their victims. This helps them capture prey and protect their colony.
Fire ant attacks can be deadly to farm animals, especially very young animals, caged animals, and those that are old and unable to get out of harm’s way.
In cattle operations, fire ants can injure and kill newborn calves by stinging soft moist tissues, including their eyes, and they prefer to bite/sting in areas with little or no hair, such as the ears, eyes, muzzle and abdomen.
According to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, fire ants don’t intend to kill cows or other livestock but, if the animals move when being attacked, hundreds of ants can be prompted to sting at the same time. This multiple stinging can cause significant harm and may even result in death.
Fire Ant Control Has the Best Solution!
We know how to kill fire ants At Fire Ant Control LLC! Our granular bait contains an insect growth regulator that sterilizes the queen and is approved for use around people, pets, livestock, as well as on farmland, pastures, and hay fields.
Worker ants eat the bait and carry it down into the colony, causing the rest of fire ants to die naturally. Extermination isn’t instantaneous but, once the queen has been sterilized, the entire colony will disappear, and no new ants will be born.
Our treatment will rid 85-95% of the fire ants from your property for four months at a time, or your money back. However, because fire ants can fly, they will eventually return. Consequently, we recommend treating your property three times a year to prevent further fire ant colonization.
Fire Ant Control’s bait is regulated and approved for use on public and private lands. It is superior to sprays and insecticides that are short-lived (only killing surface ants), sometimes dangerous, and very expensive.
If fire ants are disturbing or harming your cattle or other livestock, find out what you can use to control them by contacting Fire Ant Control, LLC. Call us today at (239) 312-8200 for a free estimate!