How to Get Rid of Fire Ants

Fire Ants, How to get rid ofFire Ants are the most dangerous and common ants in the United States. They are dangerous because they have a poisonous bite. Treating fire ants are similar to treating any of the different ants except that the process takes a little big longer than the others. Fire ants are attracted to electrical junction boxes of traffic signals, air conditioners, etc. when fire ants mass around the electrical contact points, they can cause the equipment to malfunction. Fire ants usually prefer food with high protein content but will feed on almost anything, plant or animal.

Inspection

Fire ants are naturally found in ground nests. However, some fire ants nest in wood or masonry of buildings, especially in areas near the soil or warmth such as fireplace hearths. Usually when fire ants build their nest near the house, it is usually near the kitchen. Outside the nests are usually under stones or other covering objects, in the soil at the base of a tree or shrub, or in clumps in the grass. They will also nest in gas and water meter boxes and pipes.

Control Methods

Prevention:
To control ants, it is most often to recommend using baits. The 3 different types of baits are: granule, gel, and liquid. The granule and gel the ants will carry back to the colony to kill the entire colony as where liquid, it will rub on the ants’ body as it goes back to the colony to kill off the entire colony. Just spraying the surface will not kill the colony ants except for the one being sprayed at the time. Using baits will help kill off the colony. Even when you kill thousands of ants that are seen it is not effective because the ants will continue to exist if the colony is still existent. If the colony is not treated itself, the Queen ant will still be alive and continue to reproduce more ants.
You may take these steps to prevent Ant infestation:

  1. Correct moisture problems, roof leaks, and plumbing leaks
  2. Cut back tree limbs or branches that could serve as a bridge to your structure
  3. Seal cracks and openings around the foundation, especially where utility pipes and wires enter from the outside.
  4. Firewood needs to be stacked away from the house, elevated off the ground if possible.

Crack and Crevice Treatments:
This treatment is generally applied with a liquid spray ( FENVASTAR ECOCAPTERMIDOR SC), dust (DELTA DUST), aerosol ( CY-KICK AEROSOLALPINE AEROSOL), or certain bait formulas ( DUPONT ADVION ANT GEL ) to be applied to small cracks and crevices in a structure where ants may enter, trail, or find harborage. For liquid spray application, you will need to have a pressure sprayer or a gallon sprayer . You will need to apply using the amount that is said on the label and may need to reapply if needed. You will have to use a low pressure system with a pinpoint or variable pattern nozzle to apply the spray mixture to areas such as floors, cracks and crevices in and around baseboards, walls, and expansion joints, areas around water and sewer pipes, and voids formed by equipment or appliances. The dust application is simple. However, when using dust please be cautious especially when children and pests are present. Use dust only in areas where they cannot reach. Both of the dusts, DELTA DUST,  you will need to use a BELLOW BULB DUSTER. When using BELLOW BULB DUSTER for DELTA DUST you will need to fill the duster with the dust as directed in the label and apply DELTA DUST  to voids or channels in damaged wooden members of a structure, to cracks, spaces or bearing joints between the wooden members of a structure. Apply lightly and uniformly to infested area. DO NOT OVER USE DUST. For the use of  CY-KICK AEROSOL, ALPINE AEROSOL, as in all of the aerosol products, there are residual and non-residual products. We do not recommend that you spray residual aerosol products on surfaces such as mattresses, bed covers, furniture, and in open air because it can be harmful to certain humans who are allergic to certain chemicals and pets, that is why you would need to enclose the room for about 2-3 hours. You would need to apply aerosols as a crack and crevice treatment into cracks, crevices and voids, where ants may be traveling and/or harboring, including, but not limited to, around doors, window frames, wall voids and other structural cracks and crevices which can possibly count as an entry point.

TERMIDOR SC Fenvastar ECOCAP CHAPIN 1 GALLON SPRAYER
 Termidor SC Fenvastar Ecocap Chapin 1 gallon Sprayer

These products can be used with this item:

DELTA DUST DRIONE DUST
Delta PyGanic

These products can be used with these items:

BELLOW BULB DUSTER
Bellow Bulb Duster
alpine aerosol CY-KICK AEROSOL DUPONT ADVION ANT GEL BAIT
Alpine CY-Kick  Dupont Advion Ant Bait Gel

Broadcast Treatments:
This treatment is generally used for large turf or other landscape areas and contains directions for specific amounts of the product to be applied as a liquid spray ( FENVASTAR ECOCAPTERMIDOR SC), granule (TALSTAR PL, TALSTAR EZ, BIFEN, ) or bait (ADVANCE 375AMAXFORCE FIRE ANT BAIT) to a given area. Broadcast treatments are usually for the entire lawn. For this treatment we suggest a 1 gallon sprayer for the application of liquid spray . Following the directions on the label, you would spray the entire lawn with the solution. If you should find an ant mound, you should use more solution than the other areas in detail on the mound; a four foot diameter circle around the mound should also be treated. For the best results, you should apply in cool weather (65 – 80 F) or in early morning or late evening hours, because in high temperature, the solution will break down and the result will not be as effective. To use granule ( TALSTAR EZ, BIFEN,) we suggest that you use a handle spreader to apply it (HANDLE SPREADER). You will need to follow the directions on the label on the amount that you should use. Then you will need to irrigate if the soil is not moist before application. For the use of bait, ADVANCE 375AMAXFORCE FIRE ANT BAIT, you would not need a handle spreader for baits, you can just spread the bait using the container. You would need to apply this product as uniformly as possible, using the directions of the rate and amount needed on the label. Repeat application if it is necessary.

TERMIDOR SC Fenvastar ECOCAP CHAPIN 1 GALLON SPRAYER
Termindor Fenvastar Ecocap Chapin 1 gallon Sprayer

These products can be used with this item:

BIFEN GRANULES TALSTAR EZ GRANULAR HANDLE SPREADER
 Bifen L/P Talstar EZ Handle Spreader
These products can be used with this item:
ADVANCE 375A SELECT GRANULAR ANT BAIT MAXFORCE FIRE ANT BAIT
Advance 375A Maxforce Fire Ant

Drench Treatments:
For this application, we suggest you use a gallon sprayer (CHAPIN 1 GALLON SPRAYER). Mixing a liquid formula following label directions and then applying the entire volume of the mixed liquid directly to the problem area such as an ant mound (FENVASTAR ECOCAPTERMIDOR SC). It will take approximately 1-2 gallons of dilution for each mound area. Spray the mound until wet and apply to a 4 foot diameter circle around the mound. If the mounds are larger than 12″, use a higher volume. Applications should be made in cool weather, as in early morning or late evening hours, and not in the heat of the day because the solution will breakdown and not be as effective.

TERMIDOR SC Fenvastar ECOCAP CHAPIN 1 GALLON SPRAYER
Termindor Fenvastar Ecocap Chapin 1 gallon Sprayer

Barrier Treatments:
This treatment is applying a liquid spray, granular, or baits products to zone around a structure that any pest ant might enter the zone. These are sometimes called a perimeter treatments where soil areas are adjacent to a structure as well as a portion of the lower foundation wall next to the soil are treated ( FENVASTAR ECOCAP,  TERMIDOR SC). Barrier treatments or Perimeter treatments are used just around the structure of your home to create a barrier for your home. We suggest that you use a gallon sprayer as well (CHAPIN 1 GALLON SPRAYER. Using the directions of the amount and the rate that you should use, you should treat a band 6 to 8 feet wide and next to the structure and the foundation of the structure to a height of 2 to 3 feet. For better results, you will need to use this treatment regularly to reduce the amount of insects and to keep your house insect free.

TERMIDOR SC Fenvastar ECOCAP SUSPEND SC
Termindor Fenvastar Ecocap Suspend SC

These products can be used with this item:

CHAPIN 1 GALLON SPRAYER
Chapin 1 gallon Sprayer

Void Treatments:
This treatment is to be recommended to use when you have an infestation in an area that you cannot reach such as inside walls, blocks, or other structural voids to treat for ant activity within by drilling a small hole if needed; you can remove electric outlet cover and use the space to treat inside voids. Dust (DELTA DUST) and aerosol formula ( CY-KICK AEROSOL, ALPINE AEROSOL) are generally preferred here. When using the void treatment and after drilling a hole or removing the electric outlet cover, you will insert the tip of the duster (BELLOW BULB DUSTER ) containing the dust (DELTA DUST) into the hole and use as directed. Using the aerosol formula ( CY-KICK AEROSOLALPINE AEROSOL), be cautioned because aerosol is a liquid so do not use in electric outings, use only dust. You will just need to attach a thin straw to the nozzle depending on the product, and spray it into the void.

DELTA DUST BELLOW BULB DUSTER
Delta
Bellow Bulb Duster

These products can be used with these items:

CY-KICK AEROSOL alpine aerosol
CY-Kick Alpine

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Date: Saturday, 2. January 2010 16:14
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6 comments

  1. 1

    We have a vegatable garden that includes potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, onion and peppers. Corn, okra and green beans. Last year the fire ants ate holes all in the potatoes under the ground. When we dug them up you could find..not only the holes through the potatoes but some of them still had the fire ant in them. Is there any thing that will kill the ants without harming the potatoes or the people that eat them

  2. 2

    Yes! There are products that will do just that.
    They are baits, so will not affect your vegetables.
    Either Dupont Fire Ant Baits or Maxforce FC Fire Ant Baits will work just fine.

    However, when you use this product, Fire Ants will eat both the baits and the vegetables for a while.
    I would recommend treating for the Fire Ants first and plant your vegetables after to eliminate food competition.
    You don’t want them to have the options of choosing their food.
    What you want to do is have them nothing else but to eat the baits.
    However, you can still use them simultaneously.

  3. 3

    While living in Florida we had fire ant problems. A cheap and effective way to rid the ants are to buy a box of grits and pour them around the mound as they carry them back to the colony they will eat the grits and will also require water…Grits expand when mixed with water and will kill the ants..It Works

  4. 4

    Thanks for the input. I thought it was just a myth but if you say it works! :)

  5. 5

    i have ant in my home also on the outside of my home.. how can i get rid of the ants. i have a toddler we have a pest control but nothing seems to help?

  6. 6

    Hi Amanda,

    We recommend using baits in the inside and spraying the outside perimeter with an insecticide spray. The ant bait that we recommend that you use in the inside is the Dupont Advion Ant Bait Gel. For the outside perimeter spray, we recommend using the Phantom Insecticide. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us again!~

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