To treat fire ant hills, you can use a fire ant killer. They are slow-acting poisons used to attract and kill fire ants using bait or direct spraying into the fire ant hill.
When you place the bait near the fire ant hills, red ants will carry it back to the nest, where it will be shared with other ants and the queen, eventually eradicating the entire colony with larvae mortality. This procedure kills the entire ant colony in a matter of days.
How Do you Get Rid of Fire Ants for Good?
There are several methods you can use to permanently get rid of fire ants.
Utilise Natural Predator of Fire Ants (Parasitism)
It is a unique method is to use a natural predator of fire ants, such as the ‘Phorid Fly.’ These flies lay their eggs in the fire ant mounds, and when the eggs hatch, the larvae will feed on the fire ants like a parasite and kill them. This method is more environmentally benign, but it may take longer to completely manage the fire ant population and you need to source phorid flies which is a hard task.
Specific Use of Fire Ant Killers Products
The easy and effective method is to use bait poison that contains chemicals rated to kill fire ants. These products are usually placed near the fire ant mounds and the ants carry the bait back to the colony, where it will be eaten by the other ants and eventually kill the entire colony.
Whereas fire ant sprays are immediate in eliminating fire ants on the hill’s surface, they may not eliminate the entire colony. To help you decide, sprayers work well for small infestations, but ant bait works better for entire nests.
How to Get Rid of Fire Ants Naturally
There are several home remedies that you can use to get rid of fire ants naturally.
Vinegar Spray at Home
You can use a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar. Spray the mixture directly onto the fire ant mounds to kill the ants.
Use Diatomaceous Earth
Another natural method is to use diatomaceous earth. This is a ant killer powder made from the fossilized remains of tiny aquatic organisms. When applied to the fire ant mounds, the powder will stick to the ants and cause them to dehydrate and die.
Pour Boiling Water
You can also use boiling water to kill the ants. Simply pour the boiling water directly onto the fire ant mounds to kill the ants and destroy the nests.
Mixture of Dish Soap
Another natural method is to use a mixture of dish wash soap and water to kill the fire ants. To make this mixture, mix equal parts dish soap and water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture directly onto the fire ant hill, making sure to coat the ants evenly. This will kill the fire ants on the surface of the hill, but it may not kill the entire colony.
It’s important to note that these home remedies may not provide complete control of the fire ant population on your property. They are good for small nests but a large infestation needs more effective methods, such as bait products or natural predators, to permanently get rid of the ants.