Fire Ant Treatment
Eastern, North Carolina is home to a variety of pests, including the fire ant. These invasive insects can cause a lot of damage to lawns and gardens, as well as cause painful stings to humans and pets. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to get rid of fire ants in your yard.
Identifying Fire Ants
The easiest way to identify fire ants is by their reddish-brown color and their mound-building behavior. Fire ants are a species of ant that can be identified by their reddish-brown bodies, which can range in size from 1/16 to 1/4 of an inch long. They are usually found in colonies and nest in the soil. Fire ants have six legs, two antennae and a stinger on their abdomen.
Fire ant mounds typically contain two or three entrances, and are most often found in sunny, open areas. Fire ants are also known for their aggressive behavior, and will sting if disturbed.
The most effective way to get rid of fire ants is to use a combination of bait and insecticides. Baits are placed around the perimeter of the fire ant mound and contain a combination of food and insecticide. This bait will attract the ants, who will then take the poison back to the mound and spread it to the other ants. Insecticides can also be used directly on the mound, but it is important to follow the directions on the label carefully in order to avoid harming other beneficial insects.
In addition to treatment, there are several preventative measures that can be taken to help reduce the chances of fire ant infestations. These include keeping your grass mowed short, removing any debris or organic matter from your yard, and keeping your yard free from standing water. Additionally, it is important to seal any cracks or crevices in your home’s foundation, as fire ants can enter through these openings.
Fire ants can be a nuisance in Eastern, North Carolina, but with proper treatment and preventative measures, they can be controlled. If you suspect that you may have a fire ant infestation, contact a D & D Pest Control Co. – a pest control professional who can help you determine the best course of action for your situation.