To eliminate fire ants, dig the ant mound and 2 feet of soil under the mound and dump it in a bucket. Coat the bucket and shovel with baby powder to keep the ants from crawling out. Once in the bucket, drown the ants or dump them somewhere safe.
Fire ants deliver painful stings that can hurt for weeks. They are a source of great frustration for gardeners and homeowners who come into contact with their colonies. When attempting to eliminate them, take extreme caution and wear clothes that completely cover your feet and legs. Tuck your pants into socks to protect your legs.