Anyone who has lived in the South during the summer months has already had the unpleasant experience of being stung by fire ants. Fire ants are here to stay, but you don't have to put up with them in your yard or house.
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BIOLOGY. Fire ants are social insects consisting of a queen, workers, eggs and larvae. The queen lives in a protected nest which may be several feet deep. There may be several satellite nests near the main nest and some nests may have more than one queen. Fire ants usually have two flying swarms each year. After mating the fertilized queen begins a new colony.
2. CONTACT INSECTICIDES. This is definitely the quickest and most complete route to make your yard fire ant free. Many different insecticides will work but we recommend cypermethrin. Cypermethrin is fast and cost effective. Use only 1/2 ounce of cypermethrin per gallon of water. The trick to killing a fire ant mound completely is to use a lot of volume, not a strong percentage of insecticide. Poke a couple of holes into the mound and then pour 1/2 to one gallon of finished solution into the mound, depending on the size of the mound. You then spray in between the big mounds with cypermethrin, using a hose end sprayer, to eliminate all the small sattelite mounds.
3. RE-TREATMENT. Because fire ants are continually re-colonizing, re-treatments should be made on the emerging mounds throughout the year.
Follow these links to order your fire ant control products:
Pest Control Solutions
for the Do-It-Yourselfer
Professional Pest Control Products, Inc.
5825 Nancy Ave.
Columbus, Ga. 31909
1/706-682-2314 fax 1/706-221-1918