How To Get Rid Of Fire Ants On Your Bradenton Property

Fire ant bites are a misery, but they’re also potentially dangerous for those who have a biting insect allergy, compromised immune system, on an inability to get away from these ants when they start to bite. If you’ve noticed a fire ant mound on your property, it is best to deal with it as quickly as possible. Today, we’re going to talk about the dos and don’ts of fire ant control in Bradenton. As always, if you need immediate assistance, you can quickly hop over to our contact page and request a service visit.

Quick List Of Things You Shouldn’t Do

When you notice fire ants on your Bradenton property, you may be tempted to do what others have done. Here are a few methods we don’t recommend, along with the reasons why we don’t recommend them.

  • Don’t put something flammable or explosive into a fire ant hole. This is dangerous. It is also ineffective. The heart of a fire ant colony can be as much as 10 feet below the surface of the ground.
  • Don’t put boiling hot water onto the fire ant mound. Hot water won’t get much deeper than gasoline, kerosene, or some other dangerous and explosive liquid. It is also likely to scold you during application.
  • Don’t use toxic products, such as ammonia. Fire ants aren’t going to willingly expose themselves to toxic materials, and they have plenty of tunnels they can use to go around soil that has been dampened by harmful liquids.

A List Of Things You Might Not Want To Do

You may decide to use pest control products to perform a fire ant treatment. This is also referred to as a mound treatment or mound drench. Can a fire ant treatment get rid of a colony? Yes. But the problem is selecting the right product and applying it correctly. This should be done by a licensed professional. Fire ants are notorious for escaping treatments. When they do, it is possible for budding to occur. This turns one colony into two or more colonies. If you don’t want fire ant bites, you definitely don’t want to perform a mound treatment and fail.

Another route you may take is to lay down bait. This is certainly a good way to address fire ants, as long as you do it properly. But, if you use the wrong bait and the ants die too quickly, it can alert the queens in the colony. Yes, we said queens. There is more than one queen in a fire ant colony. When danger is detected, the colony can bud and the ants can spread throughout your lawn with each queen taking up the role as a leader of a new colony.

There are two more ways bait may fail. It is possible to get a bait that doesn’t work at all, which will just leave you with the problem you already have, or you may cause the ants to become bait averse. While bait aversion is rare in fire ant populations, it is possible that they can develop an aversion if your methods encourage this behavior.

What You Should Do About Fire Ants

If you haven’t noticed yet, we are of the opinion that it is best to hire a professional for this pest problem. Unlike almost all of the other pests that will come onto your Bradenton property, fire ants can’t be easily deterred and managed with pest maintenance. A professional will use a combination of baiting, mound treatments, and monitoring to address fire ant colonies on your property.

Are You In Bradenton?

If you are, you’re in our service area. Reach out to Rodent Solutions for effect fire ant control. We may specialize in rodent control, but our technicians have extensive training in all of the common pests we have in our area, including fire ants. We’ll help you get the best solution for your fire ant problem.

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