Growing up, I lived in a sprawling farmhouse in the country. This beautiful home was constantly filled with the sounds of laughter and the smells of delectable food being prepared in the kitchen. Unfortunately, our home was often invaded by some unwanted guests, ants. Pesky ants would welcome themselves into our living room, kitchen, dining room, bedrooms, and bathrooms. One night, I crawled into my bed only to discover I wasn’t alone. Ants had somehow climbed onto my bed! These destructive ants even ate holes in some of the clothing hanging in my closet. Is your home filled with unwanted, biting ants? On this blog, you will discover the latest methods pest control specialists use to rid homes of pesky ants.
Fire ants can be a painful and scary invader on your property, but fortunately, there are a few things you can do to get rid of them and keep them away. Use this guide to help create a lawn treatment program, and rely on the help of your pest control expert to safely banish these tiny beasts from your backyard.
Fence Off The Mounds
Fire ants can be particularly harmful to pets and small children, so if you do discover fire ant mounds on your property, it's a good idea to fence them off. This keeps little ones and furry friends away from the main home of the ants, though it won't necessarily prevent ants from biting. If possible, limit the time your pets and children are in the yard to help prevent bites.
Identify All Nests
Where there is one ant mound, there may be more. Have your pest control expert inspect your property to identify any and all nests so you can tackle the entire problem. Fire ants can be protective of their nests, and they may attack as a group if they feel threatened, so it is sometimes best to leave the inspections to a professional. If you do inspect on your own, be sure to wear long pants tucked into tall boots. Keep as much skin as possible covered to avoid bites, and remove your outer layer of clothing before you enter your home to prevent accidentally bringing ants inside.
You can use ant bait outdoors to help reduce the population of the fire ant colonies on your property. It does take some time for the bait to do its job, but if you don't have children or pets, and you don't spend a lot of time outdoors, the bait can be an easy, low-maintenance option for tackling the problem. Bait can also be used in conjunction with other pest control methods to get rid of the fire ants.
Attack The Mounds
There are several ways you can attack fire ant mounds, but they are not all equally effective. You can pour boiling water into the mounds, but it may not get rid of all the ants, and it may also damage your lawn. Liquid chemicals can be used to drench the mounds, helping to eliminate the ants colonies, while powders can be placed on the top of the mound easily to help get rid of the ants.
If you don't feel comfortable dealing with these pesky pests, or if you simply want to avoid being attacked by the ants, contact a pest control expert to help you, such as from Southern Greens Pest Control. He or she can come up with a lawn treatment program to get rid of fire ants.