How to Get a Handle on Fire Ants
Fire ants are best managed by regular applications of granular baits and individual mound treatments as needed. (File photo by MSU Extension Service)
Fire ants are everywhere. If you’ve thrown your hands up in exasperation trying to deal with them, don’t give up just yet.
There is an easy, inexpensive way to reduce the number of mounds on your property by 80 to 90 percent: granular baits.
You don’t need any fancy equipment. A handheld spreader will do the job perfectly. You should apply the bait to the entire property three times a year. An easy way to remember when to treat is to use Easter, July 4th, and Labor Day holidays as markers.
Blake Layton, Extension entomologist, shows you how easy it is.
Video by Brian Utley
For more specific information about fire ants and management resources, visit the MSU Extension Service website.
Remember one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to management. Certain treatment products shouldn’t be used near food crops, pets, and livestock. Always read the product label, and check out our publications specific to your situation:
P2429 “Control Fire Ants in Your Yard”
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