Put Out The Fire: The Secret To Controlling Fire Ants

Fire Ants

The fire ant is the name lovingly given to several species of ants in the genus Solenopsis. These Solenopsis a.k.a. fire ants are stinging (thus burdensome) ants that are most commonly found in the Southeast and Southcentral regions of the United States. The painful stings caused by red ants are more than an annoyance.

For those suffering with an allergy to red ants or young children who are more susceptible to stumbling into a nest of red ants, the minor annoyance. In addition, fire ants have a negative impact on livestock and wildlife as well as plant, sod and landscaping. So, it’s agreed upon that fire ants need to be controlled, but however, do we accomplish this mission?

Good question…of course, Spring-Green, your neighborhood lawn professionals with over 20 years of experience, has the answers you need to rid your lawn and your life of these pesky, fiery ants!

Fire Ants Be Gone! Tips To Control Fire Ants Once And For All

Would you know a fire ant mound if you saw one? The fire ant will build its mound nearly anywhere in any type of soil. Most typically, you’ll find the red ant mound in open, sunny areas or even under buildings or rotting logs and tree stumps. Unlike other types of ant mounds, the fire ant mound has no opening in the center as the fire ant enters and exits its mound via underground tunnels.

Oftentimes, red ant mounds are mistaken for innocent mounds of dirt, until they agitated ants come out stinging because they’ve been disturbed. A single fire ant mound can contain upwards of 500,000 fire ants. Even worse, by the time you see (hopefully not stumble upon) a fire ant mount above ground, its population has been slowly growing for a matter of months.

How to prevent fire ants from coming to your lawn. Because fire ants are extremely common in the Southern areas of the United States, a preventative measure is a good idea. The “broadcasting method” of fire ant control is a good preventative step.

Broadcasting put simply is treating an area with fire ant bait a couple times a year during the warm months to keep these insects from finding a home in your lawn. Broadcasting can prevent in the ballpark of 80% of fire ant infestation.

How to get rid of fire ants once they’ve arrived. If you have a fire ant infestation, your burning question is most likely, “Help, how do I get rid of fire ants?” Like most things in life timing matters and fire ant control is no exception. Full-yard and fire ant mound treatments are best applied during early morning and early evening. These times of day are optimal because fire ants are searching for food and traveling back feed their colony’s queens.

When are fire ants most common? Understanding the patterns of these pesky insects activity helps in the preventative measures which are always the best way to control fire ants. During spring and fall, when the soil and weather is warm, these insects are most active and closest to the surface of your lawn.

The best way to control fire ants is through understanding of where to find them, when to find them and how to prevent them. If you are one of the unlucky who gets an infestation of fire ants, you’ll also want to be in-the-know on how to get rid of them! No worries, however, your Spring-Green Lawn Pro is only a phone call away.

Controlling fire ants is often a larger task than a home or business owner can successfully tackle on his or her own. Spring-Green has the experience, expertise and dedication to customer service needed to keep these pesky ants at bay all year round.

Our team will work hard to:

• Manage activity and reduces foraging
• Reduce risk of painful stings when mound is disrupted
• Remove unsightly mound construction in lawn

Contact your Spring-Green lawn professional today!

The Dangers Of Fire Ants

If you live in the south or southeast of the United States, you have probably read about or seen Red Imported Fire Ants.  Since first being brought to the US as a freeloader on shipping containers arriving from South America in the early 20th century, this aggressive and highly adaptable pest has terrorized homeowners, hikers, picnickers and just about anyone else that unsuspectingly disturbs one of their nests.

Although human deaths are rare, the painful bites and venomous stings of the Red Imported Fire Ant can endanger the lives of children and smaller pets if attacked by a large population.  The bites and stings leave painful, burning wounds that can become infected if not treated.  Severe reactions can include blisters, vomiting and nausea.  With these types of severe reactions, it may be necessary to be treated by a doctor.

If you are stung, treat it as you would any wound.  Thoroughly clean the wound to avoid infection from dirt that may enter the wound.  A cold compress may help lessen the pain.  Remove the compress after a few minutes to provide some relief from the cold.  Be sure to seek medical help if signs of an allergic reaction are seen.

Treating for fire ants often means hiring qualified companies who know how to apply the proper materials at the right time and place to ensure good control.  It may take three or four years for a colony to reach a population level where the ant mounds are noticeable.  Proactively treating for them will help ensure Red Imported Fire Ants do not become a problem in your lawn or landscape.