Fire ants are just nasty little creatures. They get into your yard or home and spread rapidly, and their bites are very painful. For some, the bites can even be dangerous. Then, of course, the bites are itchy for weeks afterward.
Unlike other ants and pests, you can’t just do a little spraying and get rid of your fire ant problem. You need to take some extra steps. Here are some things you need to do to root out fire ants if they appear in your home or on your property:
You see a trail of ants marching across your countertops, and you immediately reach for the pest control spray. But just killing the ants you see isn’t going to get rid of the problem. They are just going to keep coming back unless you can find their source.
Inspect your yard in Phoenix to find the colony. Look around bushes, pipes, sidewalks, and other edges, as fire ants like to build their colonies in these spots.
Ants don’t need much space to get into your home. They can slip in through the tiniest cracks. But you need to find out exactly which cracks and openings are most enticing to them and are letting them into your home.
Not only should you spray the entry points you find with insecticide, but you should also put bait or traps around the area and you should seal the opening. Of course, you won’t be able to seal a doorway, but you can seal the frame around the door, and you can seal most other openings around your home.
Get an over-the-counter insecticide and spray any Phoenix fire ants you see, both inside and outside. Then spray the insecticide along any trails they have formed, all the way back to their apparent source. You may also want to spray around the entry points you have identified, as well as any other spots that are likely to attract them, such as areas with food.
Be careful what kind of insecticide you choose. Not all sprays are safe for your family or your pets. You should get one that is free of toxins and that is safe to use inside and near pets.
You’ll need a powerful insecticide to kill the fire ant colony, and you’ll need at least a gallon or two. The liquid has to penetrate deep into the ground to get all of the ants, or else they’ll just create a new colony somewhere else – likely just a few feet away. You can try killing small colonies by dumping vinegar and baking soda on them, but this method isn’t effective for all colonies.
The best way to eliminate a colony is to hire a pest control company in Phoenix to do the job for you. An experienced pest control technician knows how to properly identify and evaluate a fire ant colony, as well as the most effective treatments to eradicate the colony so that the fire ants don’t return. A good pest control company will also offer a variety of treatment options so that you can get safe yet effective pest control without worrying about harm to your family or pets. You can try DIY options, but you are likely to learn that these will only have limited effectiveness. You may get rid of some fire ants, but you aren’t likely to get rid of all of them, and the problem will just keep coming back. Hire a professional for lasting results.
In the Phoenix area, Varsity Termite and Pest Control can help you get rid of your fire ant problem or other pests. Our pest control technicians have the right solutions and experience to deal with pests that are common to the local area, including fire ants, termites, scorpions, roof rats, cockroaches, pigeons, and more. Your home should be a safe haven, and our pest services ensure that it will be. We offer emergency and maintenance plans, both to eradicate current infestations and to protect your home against future invaders. Contact us today in Phoenix to schedule an inspection of your property and to get an estimate for pest services.
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