How to kill
fire ants in a mound
The fire ant story
As you probably learned recently, fire ant bites vs other types of ants like sugar ants or pharaoh ants hurt really bad and fire ants even kill some people and cause nasty infections in others.
The fact is, these red ants live deep underground enjoying their home, called the colony, year round.
The temperature and the moisture level is just right for every day living…while up at ground level, here in the south, it is hot and not fun to go out and look for food. In essence they stay indoors and enjoy the air conditioning.
But then the rains come… which lowers the temperature and changes the humidity and that is the signal…time for every fire ant worth their salt to do something…starting as soon as the rain stops…on behalf of the colony…that is build a new “nursery for the kids”.
So the fire ants all together build…and then move the queen and her eggs up into areas in these brand new mounds which function as a new “nursery” with just the right amount of heat and humidity.
If you stomp or cut the top off the new mound and stand back to prevent getting one or more of those nasty bites, you can watch as gazillions of fire ants come out quickly to protect their new mound and its queen and little ones. You can watch the fire ants grab the eggs and move them underground away from that bad person that attacked their home and their renovated nursery.
IT IS FIRE ANT PEST CONTROL TIME
This is the time for you to deliver the killer stuff…if you want…because they are most likely to pick up your toxic bait and deliver it to their food storage area… where every fire ant in the colony feeds daily
TO WIN, YOU MUST GO TO WAR
These are some facts.
They are known as Fire ants Red ants; Tropical Fire ants; aka-kami-ari; wash foot ants; fierce ants…and there are about 280 types of ant, so don’t bother staying up tonight worrying about which kind you have.
They usually build easily seen mounds in open areas, but they can build under anything and move indoors when they find an opportunity.
START THE WAR…CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON
- BOILING WATER: Pour it on the mound repeatedly
- Lye Mix: Pour it on the mound.
- Boric Acid with peanut butter or sugar or syrup: Pour it on the mound.
- Flooding: It works but the fire ants will float to a dry place and dig in again (but in your neighbor’s yard you hope).
- Introduce them to each other: They are territorial. A shovel of ants from one mound, placed on another mound and vice versa, and they will fight each other to the death we are told.
- Introduce them to crazy ants: Crazy ants eat fire ants but crazy ants are likely just as bad a problem if they move in.
- Non toxic : There are organic nontoxic products available to kill fire ants. You can buy these locally.
CHEMICALS…Buy them, and the instructions will say apply it in one of three ways as well as warn you what not to do.
- Around the mound…close to it or broadcast all over a large area.
- On the mound…right on the top.
- Drench the mounds…soak it good.
These products are available locally.
It is illegal and dangerous and seeps into your groundwater.
BUY PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
If you are unable or unwilling to solve this pest problem yourself, find a local pest control specialist.
IF ALL ELSE FAILS…CEMENT YOUR ENTIRE YARD
the permanent forever solution
(but you could just move away and leave them for whoever buys your house)