(fire ants)

Fireant Sting 

Household Pests

Maxforce Baits 

Acrobat Ant

Advance Carpenter Ant Bait

Advance Dual Choice

Ant Baits

Ant Beds 

Animal Traps

Argentine Ant

Ascend Fireant Bait 

Bird Control


Bites and Stings 

Biting Flies 

Black Widow Spider


Boxelder Bugs

Brown Recluse Spiders

Brown Recluse Bite 

Carpenter Ant Bait

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Bee


Cluster Fly 

Crazy Ant


Cypermethrin Insecticides 

Deltamethrin Dust 

Deltamethrin Spray 

Demon WP

Demon EC 


Drugstore Beetle 


Flea Control 

Fly Trap


Fruit Fly


Gourmet Ant Baits

Grits and Ants 

Hand Duster 

Home Pest Control

Image DG 

Image Herbicide

Indoor Ant Bait 

Insect Growth Regulators 

Insect Bites 

Lady Beetles

Manage Herbicide

Maxforce Professional Baits 

Maxforce Fireant Bait

Maxforce Roach Bait 

Mice, Mouse Control 

Mole Cricket

Mosquito Control 

Oleander Caterpillar 

Pest Control Equipment

Pesticides, Insecticides

Pharaoh Ant

Powder Post Beetle

Rat Zapper 2000 

Rat Traps 

Rats, Norway 

Rats, Roof 

Restaurant IPM 

Roach Bait






Snake Repellent 

Stainless Steel Sprayer 


Talstar Concentrate

Talstar Granules

Tempo Liquid Concentrate 

Tempo Wettable Powder 


Ultraviolet, Lighted Fly Traps 

Weed Control

White Footed Ants


Kill Fire Ants!

Fire Ant Biology and Extermination

How to Kill Fire Ants    Fire Ant Biology

Baiting  Mound Drenching  Broadcast Pesticides

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. Fire Ant
In any ant extermination method, the goal is to exterminate as many workers as possible.  Without sufficient number of worker ants, an ant colony will crash.
The queen of any ant colony requires constant care, grooming and feeding from her workers.
Kill enough of these workers and the colony will die, queen and all.

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:
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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!

Baiting Outdoors For Fire Ants
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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.

Treating wood with Bora-Care will help kill carpenter ants but will not affect fireant colonies in walls of a home or carpenter bees drilling on exterior wood surfaces.

Indoor Baiting
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Main Index of Household Pests   Main Index of Pest Control Supplies and Equipment 

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.


American Cockroaches    Ant Index   Ants 

Armadillos    Armyworms   

Baldfaced Hornets   Beetles   Big-Headed Ants

Billbugs  Birds   Black-Tailed Rattlesnake

Black Widow Spiders

   Blow Fly  Borate Termite, Powder Post Beetle Control  Bottle Fly  Boxelder Bugs

Brownbanded Cockroaches    Brown Recluse Spiders

Camel Crickets (cave crickets)    Canebrake Rattlesnake

Carpenter Ants    Carpenter Bees     Carpet Beetles   

Centipedes   Chinch Bugs  Cheese Skipper

Cigarette Beetles   Clothes Moths   Cockroaches

Confused Flour Beetles   Copperheads    Coral Snakes   Cottonmouths

Crows   Cluster Fly  Crickets

Cut Worms  Decay Fungi  Deer Fly   Dirt Dauber Wasps

Drugstore Beetles   

Earwigs   Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

Face Fly    Field Crickets  Fire Ants    Fleas

Flesh Fly   Flies    Fly Index  Fruit Fly

Fungus Gnats  German Roaches

Ghost Ants   Gnats   Gulls  Ham Skipper   House Crickets  

Horse Fly   House Fly   Lawn Pests

Massasauga Rattlesnake

Mice  Midges  Millipedes  Mojave Rattlesnake   

 Moth Fly    Moles    Mole Crickets

Norway Rats  Old House Borer  Oriental Cockroach

Occasional Invaders

Pacific Rattlesnake

Pantry Pests   Pharaoh Ants   Phorid Fly  

Pictures of Snakes    Pigeons   Pigmy Rattlesnake

Poisonous Snakes Index   Powderpost Beetles    Prairie Rattlesnake

Rattlesnakes    Roaches    Rodents  

Roof Rats   Scorpions    Sawtoothed Grain Beetle

 Seagulls   Sidewinders    Silverfish   Smoky Brown Roach   

 Snake Index      Snake Trap

Sod Webworms    Soldier Fly  Sparrows  

Speckled Rattlesnake    Sphaerocerid Flies

Spiders  Spittlebugs  Stable Fly   Starlings 


Ticks    Timber Rattlesnake    Wasp, Mud

Water Moccasins    Western Diamond Back Rattlesnake    Whipscorpions   

White Footed Ants  Whiteflies   White Grubs   Wild Dogs, Coyotes

Wood Destroying Organisms   Woodpeckers   Yellow Jackets


Acephate Pro PCO    Acephate Turf   Advance Carpenter Ant Bait

Advance Dual Choice  

Advantage Fly Trap   Aerosol Dispenser   Air Sponge

Aluminum Sulfate   Ant Bait Kit   Ant Exterminator Kit

Archer (same as Flea Fix)    Ascend Ant Bait    Avert Formula 2 Roach Bait

B&G Duster   B&G Foggers   B&G Sprayer  B&G Sprayer Parts  

Bac-Azap   Bat Scat 

Borate Flea Powder for Carpets   Bora-Care      CB-Invader

Captan Fungicide   Carpenter Bee Kits

CedarCide Products   Chapin Sprayer

Claire Lice Killer   Clothes Moth Kits     Clothing Spray   

Cobweb Eliminator 

Crusader Duster   Cynoff EC   Cynoff WP   Cypermethrin Products

Deadline Slug Bait    DEET   Deer Blocker 

Delta Dust    DeltaGard G granules

Demon EC   Demon WP

  Drain Gel (formally called Fly Gel)   

 Drione Dust

Dual Choice Ant Bait    

Eco PCO Products    Epoleon Organic Deodorizers

Exciter   Extinguish Fire Ant Bait

Fastrac Rodenticide  

Fire Ant Exterminating Kits

Flea Fix IGR concentrate (Archer IG Regulator)    Flea Fix Aerosol  

Flea Stoppers

Flea Kit, Indoor   Flea Kit, Outdoor  Fly Traps, Ultraviolet

Fruit Fly Trap   Fruit Tree Spray   Drain Gel (formally called Fly Gel)

Gentrol Aerosol   Gentrol EC    Gentrol Point Source   Gentrol IGR Products  

Gourmet Liquid Ant Bait

Hydroprene   IGR

Image Weed Killer    Image 70 DG Herbicide   

   Manage Herbicide  

Maxforce Professional Insect Baits 

Maxforce Granular Ant Bait  Maxforce FG Granular

Maxforce Fireant Bait   Maxforce Granular Fly Bait  

Maxforce FC Ant Bait Stations   Maxforce Gel    Moth Trap

Methoprene Mosquito Control Granules

Methoprene  Mosquito Bits   Mosquito Dunks

Neem Oil    Niban FG   


Permethrin Insecticides   Permethrin-10    Permethrin Pro

Pest Control Kits     Pramitol

Precor      Precor 2000    Precor Vials    Precor Pint

Products for Carpenter Ants   Pyrethrin Aerosol

Cypermethrin 4 ounce (Viper, Cyper Eight, etc.)

Rose Defense

Sawyer Insect Repellents   Sluggo Slug & Snail Bait    

Sonic Pest Control    Suspend SC  

Synthetic Pyrethroid Insecticides     Talon Rat Bait, Mouse Baits

Talon G Packs   Talon G Pellets   Talon Bait Block

Talstar   Tempo SC Ultra   Tempo WP   

 Termitafoam   Tick Repellent

Ultraviolet Fly Traps    Ultraviolet Fly Zappers

Universal Armadillo Trap  

Vantage Weed Killing Herbicide     Wasp Freeze

Pest Control Topics

Various Pest Control Topics, Control Methods, Pest Control Products

Pest Control

Acrobat Ants: Products, Methods for Control

Allegheny Mound Ant Elimination

American Cockroach Extermination

American Dog Tick: Products for Control in Homes, Lawns

Ant Baits - Granular and Gel formulations for baiting different ant pests.

Argentine Ant Elimination Products

Armadillos: Trapping, Repelling, Prevention

Armyworm Insecticide Spray

Asian Cockroach, Products and Methods for Elimination

Baldfaced Hornet Elimination Products

Big Headed Ant Baits and Sprays

Birds: Humane Products for Repelling Nuisance Birds

Birds: Short Description of Products; Bird Repellers

Black Widow Spider Control

Blowflies: Sprays, Baits, Fly Traps

Boxelders: Insecticides for Boxelder bug infestations

Boxelder Bug Spray 

Bromadiolone Rodenticides

Carpet Beetle Pest Control Products

Centipede Control

Cigarette Beetle Products Page

Cockroaches:  Listing of common roach pests; links to identification, elimination of roaches.

Confused Flour Beetle Elimination and Prevention

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.

Drugstore Beetle Control Products

Dusting Applications for Pests in Home Pest Control

Electronic Pest Control Devices, Pest Repellers

Fipronil: Products that have Fipronil as their active ingredients.

Fireants, Fire Ants 

Fleas: Controlling and eliminating indoor flea infestations.


German Roach Elimination Products

Herbicides    Description of different types of herbicides (post emergent, pre-emergent, selective and non-selective herbicides)

Indoor Flea Spray

Insecticide Concentrates: Formulations

Lacebug Elimination Products

Lawn and Turf Grass Fungus Prevention

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.

Old House Borers, Borate Products

Paper Wasps, Destroying Nests and Killing Wasps

Pest Control in Restaurants, Commercial Food Handling Areas

Pesticide Free Pest Control Products

Pharaoh Ants: Professional Baits, Sprays

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.

Saw Toothed or Sawtoothed Grain Beetle Pest Control

Spider Control, Sprays, Dusts, Web Elimination

Ticks on Dogs; Products for Tick Prevention, Control

Using Ultraviolet to Control Fruit Flies, Gnats, Fly Populations

Yellowjackets, Yellow Jackets - Basic biology of stinging pests with links for navigating to control and elimination.

Yellowjacket Extermination Products  Yellowjacket Information