Kill Fire Ants!
Fire Ant Biology and Extermination
Fire ants are a nuisance and a painful pest. It is unlikely we will eradicate these pests any time soon, but we
can remove the problem associated with them by good integrated pest management (IPM)
practices. This involves reducing their populations to tolerable levels by using safe and
effective methods of control.
This article will deal with three ant elimination methods: baiting, mound drenching and broadcasting of contact pesticides. In many cases, these methods can be used together in a year-round program for killing ants, fireants. For explanation of different products used in controlling different ant species, go to pest control for ants.This article will deal with three ant elimination methods: baiting, mound drenching and broadcasting of contact pesticides. In many cases, these methods can be used together in a year-round program for killing ants, fireants. For explanation of different products used in controlling different ant species, go to pest control for ants. Ant Pests
The best program for eliminating ant pests and controlling them throughout the year: Top of Page
Permethrin Pro and Talstar (liquid and granular) give the best long term control when broadcasting large areas with a hose-end sprayer. Permethrin Pro calls for 1 ounce of concentrate per 1,000 square feet. Talstar uses only 1/8 to 1/4 ounce per thousand. If granular pesticides are preferred, use Talstar Granules or DeltaGard granules. Although it is used at very low rates, Talstar has given us the longest control; many customers state that no ants re-enter a treated area for as long as three months!
The use of professional ant baits is a very thorough method of control, slowly killing the entire colony. Baits work best when used outdoors in the spring and early summer. When the weather gets hot and dry, baits are generally ineffective for fire ant control. However, fire ant baiting has two drawbacks: cost and length of control time. For instance, baiting an entire area will kill the existing ant colonies but will not always control new ant colonies invading from nearby areas that were not baited properly. Also, most people with fire ant problems live on very large lots -- 2 acres or better. This involves a great deal of bait at a premium price.
The most successful baiting practice for fire ant control on turf is to use granular baits such as Ascend or Maxforce Granular (or Extinguish Fire Ant Bait when baiting graze lands) in the early spring followed by soil drenches 4 to 6 weeks later if needed. Broadcast granular bait applications are most effective; however, it may take 4 to 6 weeks to give control. Early spring application is ideal because it controls recently developed queens before they leave on their nuptial flights and establish new colonies. Killing the queens is the only way to eliminate fire ant colonies. Follow-up granular bait applications usually are necessary in mid-summer and another one in the fall.
Apply baits when the ground is dry and when ground temperatures are between 70 and 90 °F with no forecast of rain. Apply baits around the base of mounds and also broadcast the entire areas where ants are seen foraging.. Baits are picked up by foraging ants looking for food. The ants take the bait back to the ant colony; it passes through the food chain and is fed to the queen ants. Granular bait recommendations are listed below.
In summer and fall, apply bait in the afternoon when temperatures are cooler because baits may rapidly degrade on hot, sunny days. By the time ants pick up the bait, the heat may have broken down the active ingredient, losing its effectiveness.
Minor Index Lists, Pests and Pest Control Related Topics:
This is a multi-purpose list that is helpful for many people. Those responsible for controlling pests can research biology and habits of different household pests. Once armed with natural habits of an insect or animal, better decisions can be made on how to control or eliminate the problem. Many people have an idea of what pest has invaded their home and merely need to confirm which pest species they have encountered. Students are also welcome to browse the different pests and pest related topics for their research. The pest index is a useful tool on its own and can also be used with the pest control supply index. Not every pest problem needs a chemical solution but when the need is obvious, cross reference your identified target pest with a multitude of suggested products or devices to control the pest.
This pest index is a good starting point but our main pest index is updated on a more frequent basis.
Pest Control Topics
Various Pest Control Topics, Control Methods, Pest Control ProductsAcrobat Ants: Products, Methods for Control
Ant Baits - Granular and Gel formulations for baiting different ant pests.
Cockroaches: Listing of common roach pests; links to identification, elimination of roaches.
Crack and Crevice Pest Control: Using insecticide dusts, aerosols or baits in cracks and crevices to flush or kill roaches, ants, spiders, household pests.
Cricket Elimination: Use of odorless sprays and professional baits to eliminate Field Crickets, House Crickets, Camel Crickets in and around homes.
Cyfluthrin Insecticide concentrates that contain Cyfluthrin active ingredients.
Deterrents for Birds, Animals Includes different types of humane scare devices for controlling unwanted animals or birds from specified locations.
Fipronil: Products that have Fipronil as their active ingredients.
Herbicides Description of different types of herbicides (post emergent, pre-emergent, selective and non-selective herbicides)
Live Animal Trapping - Wildlife and nuisance animal control traps.
Maxforce Granular Ant Bait - Professional granular bait used to control ants, roaches.
Maxforce Professional Baits - Index of baits used to control various species of ants, carpenter ants, roaches, cockroaches, crickets.
Pigeon Control Devices used for humane control of pigeons.
RCO Mole Patrol - Newest bait used for controlling moles in lawns.
Rodent Removal: Products for removing rats, mice, rodents from homes, business. Rodent traps (live traps, electronic traps, kill traps) and rodent equipment, rat and mouse baits.
Rodenticides: Information page with links to rodenticides and rodent baiting equipment, for professionals, commercial food processing plants, farms, poultry houses, restaurants and residential for do it yourself pest control. Our rodent control catalog contains links, breaking down rat and mouse elimination products into easy to navigate categories: rodenticides (baits for killing rats, mice,) bait stations (for safely housing your rat baits, mouse baits,) rat zapper, rodent traps (live traps, kill traps,) rodent repellers.
Yellowjackets, Yellow Jackets - Basic biology of stinging pests with links for navigating to control and elimination.