Content tagged "imported fire ants"

How do I kill fire ants inside my house?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: May 13, 2017

Fire ant colonies can migrate into homes and other structures in search of food, water, and nesting sites, especially during periods of extreme outdoor heat,...

Natural Enemies of Fire Ants

Imported Fire Ants Updated: March 09, 2017

 Classical or self-sustaining biological control is the use of imported natural enemies to suppress pests.Self-sustaining biological control can be an...

Imported Fire Ants: What Are Fire Ants?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: March 09, 2017

Imported fire ants are ant species in the genus Solenopsis that can cause serious medical, economic and ecologic problems. They are called imported fire ants...

Will <i>Pseudacteon</i> phorid flies (decapitating flies) sting or bite? Are decapitating flies harmful?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: February 22, 2017

No, Pseudacteon phorid flies cannot sting or bite, because they do not have stingers or biting mouthparts, nor are they attracted to humans or...

Where can I buy Pseudacteon phorid flies (decapitating flies) to release in my yard?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: February 22, 2017

These natural enemies of fire ants are not commercially available.  You will not need to purchase them because the natural enemies are expected to spread on...

All Bugs Good and Bad 2014 Webinar Series

Please join us for this webinar series for information you can use about good and bad insects.  Topics will include how you can help good insects like bee...

What happens to fire ants during a flood?

Imported fire ants live in colonies in the soil. If a colony is flooded during a rainstorm or other high-water situation, the ants cling together and form a...

What fire ant control measure can I use in my vegetable garden?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 19, 2016

Various fire ant control products are labeled for use in the vegetable garden. Only a few bait products are currently approved for use in the home vegetable...

Common Ant Species at Food Lure Baits

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 05, 2016

Note: This article was modified from Johnson, J., A. Calixto, M. Harris and B. Drees. 2011. "Common ant fauna observed at lures when sampling for fire ants"...

A Fire Ant Smorgasbord

Imported Fire Ants Updated: April 30, 2016

FA Youth Home > Lessons: A Fire Ant SmorgasbordFire ants feed on insects and other arthropods as well as small birds, small mammals, amphibians and reptiles....

Which fire ant bait should I use?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: March 17, 2016

 Most of the currently available fire ant baits work very well when applied according to label instructions. The key to using baits is patience. If you use a...

How do I kill fire ants on poultry farms?

Imported Fire Ants Small and Backyard Flocks Updated: October 01, 2015

Imported fire ants can cause problems on poultry farms by attacking chickens and foraging on broken eggs. Fire ant stings cause blemishes that can reduce the...

Will a hard winter kill fire ants?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 01, 2015

Fire ants can't survive for prolonged periods in conditions that freeze soil as deep as they are nesting. In the Deep South, it is unlikely that low winter...

Are fire ant baits toxic to humans and pets?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 01, 2015

Fire ant bait materials have a variety of active ingredients with varying toxicity levels. Because such a small amount of active ingredient is in the bait,...

How do fire ants affect other animal populations?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 01, 2015

In areas where fire ant populations are very high, the ants may reduce populations of other ground-dwelling insects. This includes some native ant species,...

How long do fire ants live?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 01, 2015

Fire ant queens typically live 2-6 years (an average of about 3 years). The record longevity of a queen is 7 years. Males die a short time after they swarm...

How do fire ants move from location to location? How far can they travel?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 01, 2015

Fire ants spread by both natural and artificial means.Artificial:This is why certain materials likely to harbor fire ants, including nursery stock, sod, and...

Do grits kill fire ants?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 01, 2015

Research plots have demonstrated that using grits does not control fire ants. The theory behind the use of grits as a fire ant control is that the ants will...

Does gasoline kill fire ants?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 01, 2015

Gasoline probably will not kill the entire fire ant colony. Gasoline is highly repellent to ants and is likely to cause them to relocate. However, gasoline...

Why do fire ants sting all at once?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 01, 2015

Fire ants workers release an alarm pheromone if they recognize another ant as a non-nestmate or if they encounter some other disturbance. When the alarm...

How do we control fire ants in pastures?

Horses Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 01, 2015

First, is it worth treating your pasture at all? If the answer is yes, there are several baits that can be broadcast for fire ant control in pastures. These...

How can I tell the difference between fire ants and some of the common native ants?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 01, 2015

Fire ant workers are polymorphic, which means that their workers can vary in size from 1/16 to almost 1/4 inch long. In contrast, native ant species' workers...

Why do fire ants build mounds?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 01, 2015

Fire ants use mounds to regulate temperature and moisture conditions in the colony.  You may see mounds pop up in response to cooler weather or heavy rains....

Why do fire ants nest next to trees? And do they harm my trees?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 01, 2015

Fire ants use trees as nesting places because little or no soil disturbance or mowing occurs around trees. Also moisture and food resources are plentiful on...

Why do flying fire ants land in my swimming pool?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 01, 2015

Flying ants are the male and female reproductives (alates) from the fire ant colony. Alates are ants with wings. After mating, the female reproductive...

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