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Broadcast Baits for Fire Ant Control

Imported Fire Ants Ant Pests Updated: October 06, 2017

 When choosing a broadcast bait to control import­ed fire ants, hereafter referred to as fire ants, consumers and pest management professionals are faced...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

How deep are fire ant colonies?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 01, 2015

Fire ants live in an extensive network of tunnels in the soil. How deep this network extends into the ground depends on age and size of the colony, soil...

Why do fire ant mounds pop up after a rain?

Just because you don't see fire ants doesn't mean they aren't there. They're just not making visible mounds because of the heat and drought.With drought, the...

Why do fire ants get into laundry?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: September 23, 2015

 Fire ants move into dark, dry places when it floods and into moist areas in drought conditions. Laundry and laundry rooms are often warm and humid,...

Are there any home remedies that will kill fire ants?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: June 11, 2014

Home > How to Kill Fire Ants > Home RemediesMany fire ant home remedies have been proposed and used. However, many fire ant products on the market are as...

What are the big, red, fuzzy ants I see sometimes?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: April 03, 2014

The one-inch-long, fuzzy, red and black "ants" that you see are not fire ants. They are called velvet ants or cow killers in some areas but are actually a...

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