Individual mound treatment selectively eliminates only the ant colonies treated, and preserves desirable competitor ant species. Mound Drenches Although a few are ready-to-use, most fire ant mound drenches are formulated as liquid concentrates that must be diluted in the amount of water specified on the label.
This is what Grumpy recommends. Entire lawn treatments are granules of long-lasting insecticide that you apply to the lawn with a fertilizer spreader and water in. Ortho Fire Ant Killer, containing bifenthrin, works well for me. I put it down the first week of April and have zero fire ant mounds for the next six months.
While getting rid of fire ants can be a difficult undertaking using do-it-yourself methods, a trained pest control professional can eliminate an infestation with an effective treatment. As you likely know, fire ants earn their namesake for the rather painful bites and stings they can inflict.
Terro Ant Killer Dust is a contact killer which promises to control fire ants within 8 months after treatment. The dust is packed in a convenient tube that doesn’t require use of an additional sprayer. Pour the insecticide from the tube along insect trails, in the corners, floor cracks, under kitchen appliances, furniture etc. ...
The first thing to do after a fire ant sting is to clean the affected area – do this before proceeding with any treatment. You need to clean away the ants’ venom and any dirt to avoid an infection. Soapy water works well to remove the venom and any bacteria or other harmful substances after you have been stung by a fire ant.
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Because of this, ant colonies may persist up to several months after treatment, until worker ants present at the time of treatment die naturally. For the quickest control, gardeners should not wait until fire ant mounds become large, but should apply one of these baits as soon as fire ants are observed in the garden.
Hopefully, by this point you will notice decreased little fire ant density, other species of ants and insects returning, and much fewer stings! If you started with the 6 months of Tango treatment, this is also the time when we recommend switching to a toxicant bait to wipe the colony out.
The sensation of a fire ant burn has been described as “stinging” and “intense burning,” and fire ants are known to attack potential threats or prey in large numbers. A fire ant colony may contain 100,000 to 500,000 insects, thus increasing the likelihood that multiple stings will be inflicted.
Ant baits work well as an indoor treatment because ants are social creatures. They will bring the bait back to the colony to share, which will help destroy the colony. It is important to check insect traps regularly and refresh them periodically to ensure they continue to be effective. Baits have the added advantage of being easy to place and relatively mess-free.