FIRE ANT BIOLOGY AND HISTORY ^
Fire Ants are prevalent throughout all the southern states of America. Black Imported and Red Imported Fire Ants are fierce, territorial and persistent. Their mounds vary in size and may be found anywhere in the yard.
Fire ant peak activity is spring to December. They are less active in January, February and March but will emerge on warm days foraging about looking for food and someone to sting.
Throughout the spring into winter, active mounds will send out “swarmer” ants. Like termites, these are winged males and females who start new colonies by flying around away from their release nest to new yards.
HOW TO TREAT FIRE ANT STINGS ^
When colonies are established around buildings, picnic areas, sitting areas, and playgrounds, your children may encounter these nasty little demons. These encounters may lead to pets and children getting stung.
As homeowners and parents, you should strive to control your environment so your young ones won’t have to worry about being stung. Fire Ants may be little, but they pack a nasty sting which will itch and become irritated immediately.
If you or family members get stung, use our STING RELIEF SWABS for quick relief. This product is very effective at both stopping the itch and allowing the wound to heal.
FIRE ANT CONTROL
There are two steps for controlling and keeping fire ants out off your property. The first step is to spray the entire yard, or at least the areas you want to keep fire ant free. After that, bait to pick off the stragglers or prevent new nests from forming.
BEST FIREANT SPRAY ^
So the first step is to spray the yard with PROTHOR. Plan on using 1 oz per 1,000 sq/ft of turf and 2 gallons of water to get it applied.
So if you’re yard is 5,000 sq/ft, you’ll be adding 5 oz of Prothor and then using a HOSE END SPRAYER, spray it out using 10 gallons of water.
Prothor is very unique in that it won’t spook or alarm the ants. So once applied, they’ll be walking through it and in turn, be bringing it back to their nests and mounds where it will kill the ants down in the ground.
Prothor is odorless, treatments will last a month and it won’t contaminate any bait used on top of it because its non repelling. This feature makes it ideal for fire ant mounds.
So as mentioned above, if you were to be treating a 5,000 sq/ft yard, you would add 5 oz to our 20 GALLON HOSE END SPRAYER. Next add some water so the sprayer is filled to the “10 gallon line”. This is about half way.
What this means is that to empty the sprayer, you’ll be spraying 10 gallons of water.
If the yard is 10,000 sq/ft (about 1/4 acre)? Add 10 oz to the sprayer and then fill it to the top with water. The full sprayer will require 20 gallons of water to empty.
In general, one thorough spraying followed by our bait (below) will knock out all the mounds. After that, plan on spraying 1-2 a year and baiting every 1-2 months.
BEST FIRE ANT BAIT ^
The best fire ant bait on the market right now is ABATHOR FIRE ANT BAIT. Fire ants love this formulation and can’t help but eat as much as they can find.
Abathor uses a slow action agent that will be brought back to their nests and once consumed, take effect.
Abathor gets you great coverage too. The 2 jb jug covers two acres so use it at the rate of 1 lb per acre.
Apply it 1 day after spraying the Prothor and after that first application, use it every 1-2 months to make sure new nests don’t form.
Fire ants can be a problem where young children and pets want to play. To minimize risk of Fire Ant stings, apply Abathor every month or two from spring through fall. This will prevent nests from forming. But if you have nests? Get the Prothor applied first and then bait.
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