Treating Fire Ants
Fire ants are hard working, organized and even dangerous to some. Treating fire ants is not easy.
Sometimes their mounds are mistaken for dirt, making them even trickier to tackle. Here is what to know and how to treat a fire ant problem.
Identifying a fire ant mound
A fire ant mound is raised and looks like a pile of aerated dirt. This is the displaced soil from the ants digging tunnels underground.
Fire ants create amazing and expansive tunnels underground. These are for escaping should anyone or anything dare to disturb the mound. Underground tunnels contain the eggs and larvae of the colony, along with countless worker ants.
Don’t do this when treating fire ants
When you disturb a fire ant mound, you might be shocked by the hundreds or thousands of ants that come rushing out. The agitated ants will bite and sting anyone nearby.
Dangers of fire ants
One fire ant bite will sting a little, though it is more common to be stung multiple times by multiple fire ants. Blisters that develop afterward fire ant stings are allergic reactions, though some people develop more severe reactions.
Areas immediately surrounding the sting may swell, burn, or itch. These stings and/or allergic reactions to the stings can be very dangerous to our children and our pets, especially if they are allergic.
Should you DIY this?
While there are plenty of DIY fire ant “solutions” you can try, most are just chasing them around underneath your lawn. The best way to fight fire ants is with a bait system.
A bait system does not disturb the mounds. When the mound is disturbed, fire ants get angry.
With a bait system, fire ants get the bait and return to their underground system of tunnels. They then “share” the bait with the army below your lawn.
Target the queen
Our efficient and effective treatments target the queen, not just the mound. In just two strategically timed bait applications, we typically wipe out 95% of your fire ants.
We will visit two more times per year just to assess the effectiveness or apply more bait (if needed) at no extra charge.
Give us a call or click here and we will send out a licensed technician for treating your fire ant issues! We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee areas with lawn and pest services.