Fire ants, they are in our backyards, front yards, gardens, it seems like they are everywhere!
“With having this mild winter and this rainy spring, they are all over the place! I get calls, emails, and even on my radio show people are asking about it,” says Richmond County Extension Office coordinator Sid Mullis.
Fire ants are a variety of stinging ants with over 285 species worldwide.
Fire ants nest in the soil, often near moist areas, such as river banks, pond shores, watered lawns, highway shoulders, fields, parks, and just about anywhere. Fire ant mounds can reach heights of over 1 foot tall and can also be as deep as five feet.
If you've ever been bitten by fire ants, you know it's painful and the bites show for days. It's safe to say, we all hate fire ants, so we went to an expert to find out how to get rid of them.
“Buy fire ant bait. They have different kinds, they all work, but the best is AMDRO and you just want to throw it out in the evening when they are feeding,” Mullis says.
Make sure you cover your entire yard with the bait by using a spreader. Treating mounds individually usually doesn't work as the ants will just move somewhere else. Old family remedies like club soda, gasoline, or grits just don't work.
“It's a myth, it doesn't work. It might sound good, the ant explodes after it eats it but no…it doesn't work,” Mullis adds.
Now is the best time for putting the fire ant bait out as the fire ants are more active, looking for food.