The Q&A Archives: Fire Ants

Question: we moved in our home year ago january.we have tried everything to kill and control these pest but to no help.joking with my husband that we live on top A Fire Ant Coloney..sue

Answer: In most situations, broadcast baits are the easiest, fastest, least expensive and most effective way to control fire ants. "Broadcasting" a bait means to scatter it lightly across an area, eliminating the need to find and treat individual mounds.

Broadcast these granules all over the infested area on a nice day so that the fire ants get all of the bait. The worker ants will take the granules into the mound. Be patient because these baits take about 6 weeks to take effect; the mound will die. You should have control for many months and additional spot applications of the granule baits when you see small mounds restarting should keep things tolerable (or with just a mound or two, boiling water poured on the mound when it comes up after a rain is very effective).

Some common bait products are: Extinguish Professional Fire Ant Bait; GardenTech Over 'n Out! Fire Ant Killer Mound Treatment; Amdro Ant Block Home Perimeter Ant Bait; Green Light Fire Ant Control with Conserve; Ferti-Lome Come and Get It; Amdro Fire Ant Bait or Amdro Pro; Extinguish Plus Fire Ant Bait; and Spectracide Fire Ant Killer Plus Preventer Bait Once & Done.

Be sure to follow label directions. Best wishes with your landscape!

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