There are a number of reasons that people wear shoes when they go outdoors. Have you ever walked across the hot pavement with tender feet? The pain and discomfort are enough for any person to be grateful for the invention of shoes. Another thing that may make you grateful for shoes are fire ants. These tiny red pain inducers are no fun to step on with bare feet and can leave you with a fair amount of discomfort for days after being attacked.
However, if you enjoy walking around your property barefoot, or would at least like to know that your kids can safely go barefoot, fire ant prevention is something you should consider.
Why Fire Ants Invade Yards
When fire ants seek out an area to build a home, they look for places that are hot and dry. Typically they will avoid heavily shaded areas such as forests and prefer to congregate more in open fields and areas with sunnier conditions. If your yard has particularly sunny areas, fire ants will be more likely to stay around these literal hot spots.
How To Prevent Fire Ants Around Your Home
When it comes to preventing fire ants, there are a few things you can do to keep them away. Let’s start by talking about how you can deter fire ants from invading your home. Consider the following steps to do this.
Seal cracks or gaps in your home's foundation and around window/door frames using a high-quality caulk and a caulking gun.
If you see lines of fire ants in your home, find where they are coming from and place a line of double-sided tape at their entry point. This will create a barrier to temporarily stop more ants from invading.
Store leftover food that could be scavenged by fire ants in airtight containers.
Clean areas where food may have fallen and has been forgotten such as under stoves, refrigerators, dishwasher machines, and other household appliances.
As for keeping fire ants off of your property, the best thing you can do is to reach out to a pest control professional for assistance.
Why Choose Family Pest Control For Your Fire Ant Prevention Needs
If you are looking for the fastest and most effective way to get and deter fire ants away from your property, we have the solution for you here at Family Pest Control. Our specialists have been trained to address all fire ant removal and control issues. To find out how we do this, talk to one of our service representatives today. We are ready to help.