Fire Ant Control - How to Get Rid of Fire Ants
Fire Ant Control
Last month we got a call to come and inspect a customer’s yard. She stated she had been attacked by ants near her garden. Upon examination these ants, I noticed that these ants are a reddish brown color and their bodies had a small suit of armor, and round heads. But what really drew my attention to them was the stinger on the back of the abdominal, and after seeing these I knew exactly what they were: fire ants. Their shield of armor is just a hard Exoskeleton that most insects have to protect themselves. The fire ant stingers are used to inject their pray after latching onto them with their clamps or, in scientific terms, mandibles. When most people get “ant bites,” they are really getting stung. Fire ants inject venom that leaves red bumps on the skin and cause a small burning sensation that itches. But for some, it is not just a small sting; some have been known to have an allergic reaction to these pests and end up hospitalized.
After locating the ants and their mound (or should I say mounds--I just so happened to find four mounds around the area of her small yard), our customer wondered why they chose her yard? All you can really say is you live in Texas. Female and male winged ants fly from their colonies to build their own colony. After the nuptial flight the queen will rub off her wings and try to move into the soil, and the easier that is the better. She will lay her brood and care for them until she has enough little ones to care for her. There are two sources that mean most to them: water and a food. And my as for customer; well she just so happen to provide the perfect location for them. She had a few fruit trees in her yard, and on almost every one of these trees there was an ant mound. This explains how she was attacked: at the time of her attack she was picking the fruit and disturbing the mound of the fire ants.
I explained to her that these ants will keep coming back, no matter how many times we get rid of them. However, there is hope for good control for a year and we recommended a few products that will control them.
When it comes to controlling fire ants in an environment like this you must be careful. This is why I recommend that you use a granular product like Advion Fire Ant Bait or Extinguish Plus. Extinguish Plus fire ant bait is a granular insecticide that contains and adulticide. This will sterilize the queen ant and keep her from rebound, therefore making for a faster ant control. It will even start to take effect as soon as ingested. Advion Fire Ant Bait is also highly effective due to the active ingredient, Indoxacarb. Once Indoxacarb is ingested, it blocks the ant’s channels to their nervous system, which causes them to die within a matter of hours. These items are top-of-the-market items when it comes to ant control. If used as recommended, most homeowners will get an end to their ant situation. While spray insecticides are not recommended, make sure that if you decide to spray a chemical in the area of the fruit trees that the chemical is not systemic and will not soak into the tree. This will ruin your fruit and make it inedible. And you want to make sure you DO NOT spray the fruit.
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