Menacing fire ants can render your yard virtually useless. Who wants to endure the fiery ants’ stings to play a game of catch? You can address the mounds and pests yourself or leave fire ant control to the professionals. Let’s get a closer look at DIY vs. professional fire ant control.
- The D Stands for Dangerous. You can buy DIY fire ant control chemicals at home and garden stores or make your own ant killers. But these methods can be dangerous. No matter how careful you are, mixing chemicals at home could result in injury or damage. Also, fire ants attack with biting and stinging, and they are aggressive when threatened. An ant colony could have up to half a million insects ready to strike.
- I Stands for Ineffectiveness. The internet is full of ineffective solutions for getting rid of the ants or keeping them away, such as pouring boiling water on the nest or trying to burn the nest. If you try these methods, you’ll kill your grass at best or start your house on fire at worse.
- Y Stands for You Have to Kill the Queen. The only way to eradicate the ants is to kill the queen. Queens can lay up to 1,500 eggs a day for years. Professional fire ant control methods include bait, which the other ants bring to the queen. Bait aims to sterilize or kill the queen.
Ridding your yard of fire ants may look simple on the surface, but it can take professional fire ant control and a consistent program to completely get rid of them. Give us a call if you’re tired of fighting with fire ants. We can help.