Got a Fire Ant Problem?
Shane’s Has a Solution:
If you’ve ever come across a fire ant, you’ve probably realized that they are more than annoying pests. Fire ants – specifically Red Imported Fire Ants (RIFA) – are a breed of ants that were imported into the United States from South America that form large fire ant colonies and can harm people with their bites. Each of their colonies can contain up to hundreds of thousands of ants that exist deep within the ground and several queen ants.
RIFA typically nest in warm and dry environments, and thrive in southern states and are aggressive in nature. A bite from a RIFA can cause major irritation for some people or serious allergic reactions for others.
You should look out for any mounds or fire ant colonies outdoors in your yard or any fire ant trails indoors. While there are a few ways to treat fire ant infestations, the methods differ based on whether you find them inside or outside your home.
When you come across a fire ant mound outside of your home, you have a few options to choose from to treat your problem.
- A common solution that people use to get rid of fire ant mounds is baits, which are pesticide-treated food items that can be scattered widely outside. The idea is for worker ants to take the baits back to the colony, where other ants will feed on it and eventually die. Infiltrating an ant mound in this way is an effective way to kill the queen ant, which can dry out the reproduction happening within the colony. However, baits tend to take longer than other fire ant treatments, considering the time it takes for the mound of ants to be killed off slowly.
- Another solution is using dust, which can be sprinkled on the fire ant mound or granules, which can be sprinkled and then activated by water. This is a faster solution than baits that focuses on individual mounds.
- Mound drenching, a technique where pesticide is poured directly onto the fire ant mound and runs into the deeper levels of the fire ant colony, is yet another popular method. This is one of the most immediate methods, as it can kill an ant colony within a matter of a few hours.
Most pest control experts recommend something called the “Two-Step method”, where both baits and a form of individual mound treatment are used in succession. Widely scattered baits can treat any surrounding mounds and weaken existing fire ant colonies. Mound drenching, dusting, or granules can then supplement the first treatment to ensure that each individual mound is eliminated successfully.
What should you do if you
find red fire ants inside of your house?
Due to the nature of pesticide products, it’s not healthy to implement the same fire ant treatments as you would outside when you are indoors. When treating a fire ant problem indoors, you can set up baits or sprays in places where you’ve previously seen ant activity, but that are not in the direct line of their trail.
This way, the worker ants will take the bait back to their colonies and spread the pesticide slowly. When using a spray, it’s important that it’s not detectable by the ants, as they will most likely avoid any place they sense something to avoid.
The best thing you can do is to take preventative measures in effort to keep fire ants away from your home. You can do this by ensuring that you keep up your outdoor maintenance and keep the inside of your home clean and free from open food. Lastly, try to make sure you don’t have places in your home that accumulate water, as this can attract ants.
Although taking preventative measures can often be the most helpful way to keep pests away, we know pest problems can arise even despite your best efforts.
While there are many options you can try to incorporate fire ant treatments within or outside your home, it can be best to call pest control professionals to assess the extent of your pest problems. Get a home inspection from our highly trained experts at Shane’s Pest Solutions in order to determine your next steps in eliminating your fire ant problem.
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