Fire ants are a real nuisance for property owners in Tennessee. These tiny crawlers can build mounds on your lawn and cause painful bites when disturbed, so tackling them should be done with utmost caution. Fortunately, there are several ways you can get rid of fire ants. You can douse the mounds with hot water and apply bait treatments, but the best option is to hire pest control professionals. Pouring hot water on the fire ant mounds can kill most of the ants, but the results are not guaranteed, and it can be dangerous. Meanwhile, bait treatments are effective but take a long time to produce results. When you hire professionals, they'll use effective fire ant control treatments and administer them properly to safely and completely eliminate the infestation!
Douse the fire ant mounds with hot water.
If you see a fire ant mound on your property, you can try the hot water method to get rid of the ants. For this method, you need at least 2-3 gallons of boiling water to pour directly on the fire ant mound. This old-school technique can kill most of the fire ants in the mound, but not all. The queen is also usually found too deep in the ground for the hot water to reach her. One of your goals for this method should be to target the queen fire ant because the worker ants cannot work and survive without her. Leave the queen fire ant, and the colony lives on.
Dousing the fire ant mounds is often ineffective because the colony will simply transfer to another location and rebuild its nest. It's also dangerous because it's easy to mishandle the hot water, and you can end up burning yourself.
Pouring hot water on the fire ant mound can kill the surrounding grass, leaving you with a patchy lawn.
Use Bait Treatments To Target The Entire Fire Ant Colony
The second method you can try to target the entire fire ant colony on your property is to apply bait treatments. This involves sprinkling bait granules on the ground around the fire ant mound or over your entire lawn so the worker fire ants can take them back to their nest and share with the rest of the colony. Ideally, the bait will kill the worker ants, including their queen, and the entire colony collapses. While this method can be effective, it will take a long time to see results.
Hire professionals to apply fire ant control treatments and get the most effective results.
If you want to achieve fast and effective results, the best way to get rid of fire ants is to schedule professional fire ant control treatments. Pest control professionals have the expertise and knowledge to deal with these harmful pests safely and effectively. What's more, pros will use treatments that are proven to work against fire ants. Instead of relying on DIY methods that can only offer temporary solutions, a professional fire ant control service will give you effective and long-lasting results so you can enjoy a fire ant-free lawn.
Let our experts deal with the fire ants on your property. Call us today to enroll in our fire ant control service.
Here at Picture Perfect Landscapes, we offer our fire ant control service to commercial and residential properties, as well as HOAs, in Memphis, Midtown Memphis, East Memphis, TN, and surrounding communities. This service features effective curative treatments against fire ants and a recommendation on how your lawn can get stronger since the underground tunnels they make can cause it to dry out. We don't just apply average products on your lawn and hope for the best. From the treatments we use to the process we follow, our team is strategic in everything we do to effectively eliminate the fire ant infestation on your property! Call us today at (901) 246-7656 to enroll in our fire ant control service.