Fire ant control in Dallas is serious business. These bugs wreak havoc on lawns and can cause allergic reactions in both people and pets. If you think you might have a fire ant infestation, you can confirm these suspicions if you notice medium sized red ants with darker abdomens inhabiting large mound and hills. These ants have heads that are not wider than their abdomens, and they swarm and attack whenever their habitat is disturbed. If you suspect you have a fire ant infestation, be careful - their bites sting!
Controlling Fire Ant Infestations
Since these ants are an invasive species that hitchhike in on boats and cargo containers, controlling them is an absolute necessity. Some natural methods for preventing and eliminating fire ants in the Dallas area include:
- Pouring boiling hot water onto mounds and hills
- Eliminating leaky pipes and faucets
- Clearing up trash and clutter
- Cleaning animal feces in and around the yard
- Mowing the lawn on a regular basis
Some methods for fire ant control that have been dispelled as myths and should be avoided are:
- Pouring rice or grits out on your yard
- Using ammonia, kerosene, gasoline, or bleach to kill ants
- Pouring coffee grounds over your yard
These methods don’t work and may even worsen existing infestations. Harsh chemicals and fuels can damage your lawn and seep into the water supply, while rice and grits will just feed fire ants instead of eliminate them.
Sometimes fire ants will attempt to invade your home as well as your lawn. A few strategies to prevent this from happening include removing open food sources and sealing up entry points such as holes and cracks around doors, windows, and your home’s foundation.
Controlling Fire Ant Infestations with Ant Baits & Insecticides
If you already have a fire ant infestation, ant baits and insecticides are by far the most effective strategies. Some products, however, are more effective than others. Here at Gecko Green, we utilize some of the most powerful products on the market.
Extinguish is an insecticide application that acts as a bait to attract and control fire ants in your lawn. This product is applied twice a year and is effective in controlling fire ants for up to 6 months at a time.
While more expensive, Top Choice provides fire ant control for up to 12 months in a single application. It is a granular blanket application that controls existing mounds and provides a barrier against new mounds. This product is the most effective in eliminating and preventing fire ant infestations with as little hassle as possible.
Fire ants can be a serious problem for Texas homeowners, but Gecko Green is prepared to help you eliminate these problem pests.