Here in Texas, we have to put up with a lot of pests but none are as nasty or as annoying as fire ants. These pests aren’t just an inconvenience to you and your lawn care duties, they are also downright dangerous. If you live in Texas, then you need to be aware of the dangers that fire ants pose to your yard and your family.
Fire ant stings are extremely painful and can be life-threatening if you are allergic to fire ant venom. Aside from inflicting physical pain, fire ants can also cause a great deal of damage to your grass. As the colony grows, the ants feed on the tender roots of your grass and other plants.
Fire ants have been menacing homeowners in Texas for generations, but it wasn’t always that way. Fire ants only came to the US in the 1930s on fruit trucks or ships importing fruit from South America. They adapted quickly to our warm climate and quickly populated the southern United States. These fire ants are much more aggressive than our native version and much more resistant to other ant control products.
As the colony grows you will start to see a mound form on the surface of the grass. This is usually the first sign of fire ant activity. By this time the colony is over half a million ants and the tunnels can spread for over an acre. It goes without saying to use extreme caution when dealing with fire ants.
You can spray and kill fire ants on the surface all day but you will never get rid of them that way. The only way to stop fire ants is to eliminate the Queen. While it may sound like a sci-fi movie, it’s actually the most efficient way to control your ant problem. If the queen is still alive then she can replace the ants you kill just as fast. With the queen dead, the ants will either die or move on to other colonies.
Treating the nest doesn’t work 100% of the time but it is the safer more economical option and should be your first. Nest treatment involves placing poison bait on the surface. Worker ants then come and take the poison back into the nest and feed it to the queen.
If you want to get rid of fire ants and prevent them from returning, there are products that are effective all year long. These are usually applied to your entire yard in early spring. If done correctly, it should prevent fire ants from colonizing your yard. But if you have a real problem with fire ants you should call the professionals to get it taken care of right away.
Lawn Lab is a locally owned business that has 20 years of experience fighting fire ants in our community. We know what works and what doesn’t. We offer effective fire ant control solutions that exterminate these backyard bugs, no matter where they are hiding.
At Lawn Lab, we will treat your yard with our specialized bait to kill fire ants and we’ll return throughout the year for re-applications to make sure they are under control. Because fire ants are difficult to control, recruiting the help of a professional is a good idea.
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