You Are Fired! – Banish Those Annoying Fire Ants!


Fire ants can be a devastating pest.  Not only are they destructive, they can also be dangerous to humans and our pets. Fire ants can be found in many habitats all over the world. They can thrive both indoors and out, and will find food no matter how well hidden it is. This guide will walk you through simple steps to get rid of your fire ant infestation.

The first step is to find out where the ants are coming from. The colony is the most important target, as this is where the queen lives while producing eggs. Fire ant mounds are generally much larger than regular ant mounds, so the colony should not be very hard to find. Once you have found the mound, make sure that children and pets do not have access to the area until the problem is resolved.

If there are ants inside of your home, then you will need to find the access point they are using to enter the building. Once this has been found, spray the area and any visible ants with an over the counter insecticide. If you are concerned about chemicals, organic insecticides are available or you could also use a mixture of vinegar and water. These solutions will not only kill the ants, but repel new ants from entering through this same access point.

According to experts in rodent control in Indianapolis, after taking care of the problem inside, you now need to address the colony. For the best and fastest results, purchase a mound treatment product that can be dissolved in water. After applying liberal amounts of the product to both the mound and the surrounding area, drench the area in water. This will allow the treatment to penetrate the ground and cover the entire colony. If the problem continues, or you cannot find the colony mound, then you may need to use bait products. Baits take longer to solve the problem, but they will work as long term control for up to a year. If you are using bait products, make sure that you apply them when it is not expected to rain within 24 hours

Once the colony has been addressed, you are done. If you follow these steps then you should be well on your way to banishing fire ants from your property. If the above steps do not work, or the infestation is severe, then you may have to call on the services of a professional exterminator.

The bottom line is fire ants can be dangerous and you should take the appropriate measures to vanish them from your home.  If you do get stung by an army of fire ants, there are certain measures you should immediately take. Home treatment depends on the location of, and reaction to, the sting.

Wash the exposed area with plenty of soap and water. Do not use alcohol to wash the area. Wash eyes with plenty of water if any toxin gets in them. For mild stings, place ice (wrapped in a washcloth or other suitable covering) on the bite area for 10 minutes and then off for 10 minutes. Repeat this process. If the patient has circulatory problems, decrease the time to prevent possible damage to the skin.

Some people are allergic to fire ant venom. If the reaction is severe, seek immediate medical help and call your local emergency number (such as 911) or poison control.

Those who have an allergy to insect bites or stings should carry a bee sting kit (which requires a prescription) and become familiar with how to use it in the event of an emergency.

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