Year-Round Prevention Tips for Fire Ants

Fire ants are a common pest in the Greater San Antonio area. They can be active in weather that is between 65 and 96 degrees. That is almost all year long, except for short periods of inactivity during December, January, and February. But they don't start getting really bad until April. By summer, they're in full swing. You've probably noticed. They show up at cookouts. They show up when you're trying to relax by the pool. They show up when you're walking around in your own backyard minding your own business. They're really quite rude if you think about it. But you don't have to let those rude little pests ruin your backyard fun or get into your home and make your life miserable. There are ways you can control these pests. Some ant-control strategies you can do on your own. Some are best left to a licensed professional. Here's what you need to know.

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What to do About Fire Ants

If you want fewer fire ants in your yard, you need to reduce the conditions that attract fire ants. One condition that lures fire ants into a yard is the presence of food sources. There are many things fire ants feed on. If your yard has them, you'll have trouble with these ants.

  • Fire ants eat food that we eat. But they're not nearly as picky as we are. They feed on food in your trash. They'll feed on food stuck to your grill. They'll eat your dog's food right out of the dish, or off the ground. Keep things clean and trash sealed up tight to keep these ants away.
  • Fire ants are attracted to areas of moisture. When you take steps to keep your foundation perimeter dry, it will help to reduce ant activity. Clean debris out of your gutters. Trim tree branches to allow sunlight in. Trim bushes and plants to let the wind in to dry your topsoil after watering your plants.
  • Fire ants eat insects and the sweet honeydew that some insects create. If you have lots of plants, there is a good chance that you will have lots of insects in your yard. This will not go unnoticed by fire ants. A good residential pest control plan can reduce insects around your home and give fire ants fewer reasons to explore your walls.
  • When fire ants get in close to a home, they'll explore foundation walls for gaps and cracks. Do a close inspection of your foundation and seal cracks, chipped mortar, gaps around plumbing, and other entry points.
  • A common entry point for fire ants is exhaust for HVAC systems. Make sure open exhaust vents are covered with some type of screen material.
  • Trim plants away from your exterior walls to prevent fire ants from using them as a bridge to get to higher location easier.

What to Not do About Fire Ant

When fire ants become a problem, homeowners turn to the internet for answers. But you should know that improper fire ant control can have many undesirable outcomes—not the least of which is more fire ants. It's true. You can actually grow your fire ant problem as you spend a lot of time and money trying to get rid of them. When fire ants sense danger, they warn other ants by putting off a pheromone alarm. This is a chemical scent that tells the other ants in their colony that they need to do something to protect the colony from destruction. This results in budding—a process where on colony splits into two or more colonies. Yes, it is as bad as it sound. The best solution for fire ant problems is to hire someone who knows what works to eliminate fire ants.

At Family Pest Control, we use a two-step fire ant control method that has had quite a bit of success with eliminating fire ant colonies. It is a combination of setting bait stations in areas where these ants are active and placing bait stations around ant mounds. When the right bait is used and the baits stations are placed appropriately, it can have a big impact.

If you live in San Antonio, let Family Pest Control help you protect your family from the threat of fire ants. Get started by scheduling a free estimate.

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