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Fire Ants


Anyone who has lived in the South during the summer months has already had the unpleasant experience of being stung by fire ants.  Fire ants are here to stay, but you don't have to put up with them in your yard or house.

BIOLOGY.  Fire ants are social insects consisting of a queen, workers, eggs and larvae.  The queen lives in a protected nest which may be several feet deep.  There may be several satellite nests near the main nest and some nests may have more than one queen.  Fire ants usually have two flying swarms each year.  After mating the fertilized queen begins a new colony.




1.  BAITS.  Baits work best when used in the spring and are not recommended for use after July 1. When the weather gets hot and dry, no bait will be very effective for fire ant control.  Baits work slowly----ant activity will gradually decrease over a period of 30 days. The best fire ant bait on the market today is Maxforce Granular Fire Ant Bait. One pound will cover one and one half acres. Whenever baiting do not disturb the mound, put the bait around the mound, not on top of the fire ant mound. Baits are easy to use and safe for nontarget animals but they are slow.

2.  CONTACT INSECTICIDES. This is definitely the quickest and most complete route to make your yard fire ant free.  Many different insecticides will work but we recommend cypermethrin.Cypermethrin is fast and cost effective. Use only 1/2 ounce of cypermethrin per gallon of water. The trick to killing a fire ant mound completely is to use a lot of volume, not a strong percentage of insecticide. Poke a couple of holes into the mound and then pour 1/2 to one gallon of finished solution into the mound, depending on the size of the mound. You then spray in between the big mounds with cypermethrin, using a hose end sprayer, to eliminate all the small sattelite mounds.

3.  RE-TREATMENT. Because fire ants are continually re-colonizing, re-treatments should be made on the emerging mounds throughout the year.

Follow these links to order your fire ant control products:

Maxforce Fire Ant Granular Bait
Viper , see the Cypermethrin link to view all sizes of cypermethrin.
Hose End Sprayer