What's The Best Way To Get Rid Of Fire Ants On My Arlington Property?

May 18, 2020

For almost every state in the U.S., fire ants can be a real problem for people. Since so many states, including Tennessee, have one species of fire ant or another, you might be surprised to learn that fire ants are not native to the United States. The red imported fire ant is thought to have been introduced to the United States around 1940 and is native to Brazil. 

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In any case, fire ants are here to stay. In Tennessee, we have both red imported fire ants and black fire ants, which have a venomous sting that can cause welts, rashes, and severe irritation. In extreme cases, fire ants can cause death when they sting in large numbers. People who have severe reactions can suffocate when their throats close. Fire ants are aggressive and will attack anything that threatens their nests or their mounds.

Fire Ants Are Not Easy To Kill

If you have fire ants on your Arlington property, know that they are quite challenging to eliminate. Fire ant colonies can have a single queen or a small group of queens. Within a month, a fire ant colony can grow to thousands. They are very aggressive and will violently attack anything if their mounds or nests are disturbed. Fire ants are constantly moving, and they will move from one nest to another, especially if their nest is threatened. 
 
They can build a nest in almost any type of soil and prefer to nest in open, sunny areas. Fire ants will also establish their nests in gardens and anywhere else they can build a tunnel and make mounds. There is no way to get to a fire ant nest through the mound. While other ants have entries in the mound, the fire ant mound doesn’t provide entry to the nest. Fire ants get to their nests using tunnels that can be many feet away from the mounds. Spotting a mound is not a sure sign that you have an active colony. The mound is not required for the survival of the colony, which adds to the difficulty in killing them off.

What’s The Best Way To Get Rid Of Fire Ants On My Arlington Property?

With fire ant season approaching, you’re probably already wondering how to get rid of fire ants on your property. You may be tempted to use one of the many DIY methods found on the internet. The problem is, however, most of these methods either don’t work at all or only work marginally. 
 
There are mound drenches (remember, fire ants don’t need the mound to survive), ant baits that are meant to be carried by workers back into the colony, surface dusting with poison, and even special devices that claim to chase ants away. Some people dump boiling water onto the mounds, which is highly ineffective. You may kill a bunch of ants this way, but thousands are waiting to take their place. Other people use accelerants to light the mounds on fire. Even though you kill many ants, you’ll never reach the queen, and as long as she’s around, so is the colony.

Professional Help For Your Arlington Fire Ant Problem

Fire ants are constantly migrating, and they're smart with their defenses. To effectively rid your Arlington property of a fire ant problem, you need to contact the professionals at Mid-South Pest & Termite, LLC.  Unlike DIY methods, our professional pest control tactics are designed to reach fire ant colonies at their core. This is the only sure way to get rid of them. Mid-South Pest & Termite has the know-how, tools, and the experience needed to combat fire ants. Whether you're worried about fire ants or already have an established colony in your yard, our experts can help. Reach out to us today with all of your pest control questions, and let our licensed pest control technicians rid your property of unwanted fire ants. 

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