prevent and kill fire antsWhen fire ants invade your yard, there’s no time to sit on the sidelines. You have to hit them hard and fast. By the time you see their mounds, they’ve been hard at work for months mounting a ground assault overtaking your lawn from below. Here’s the secret for how to prevent and kill fire ants in your yard. 

Identify the Mound

Fire ants build their mounds anywhere. Most often you’ll find them in open, sunny areas or under buildings or rotting logs and tree stumps. Unlike other kinds of ants, you won’t find an opening in the center because they enter and exit through underground tunnels. 

These mounds are deceiving because they look like innocent dirt mounds until agitated. Then you can have upwards of 500,000 fire ants on the attack because you disturbed their mound. 

How to Prevent Fire Ants

Fire ants are extremely common in the southern regions of the U.S. If you live in the south, preventative measures are a good idea. The “broadcasting method” is an excellent preventative step. 

Broadcasting is treating the area with fire ant bait a couple of times a year during warm months. This treatment will help keep this pest from finding a home in your lawn. It’s estimated that this method can prevent approximately 80% of fire ant infestation. 

How to Kill Fire Ants

If you already have an infestation, your burning question is most likely “Help! How do I kill fire ants? When it comes to getting rid of fire ants, timing is key. It’s best to apply full-yard and fire ant mound treatments in the early morning or early evening. These times are optimal because fire ants are in search of food and traveling back to feed the colony’s queen. 

Prevent and Kill Fire Ants

The best way to prevent and kill fire ants is to understand their patterns. Fire ants are most active and closest to the surface during spring and fall, when the soil and weather are warm. 

Controlling these pests is often a larger task than a home or business owner can successfully tackle on their own. Nichols Reliable Lawn Care & More has the experience and expertise to help you keep your lawn healthy and pest-free. Call us at (479) 502-2192.