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Pet Safe Fire Ant Control

In South Florida, you can walk out your front door, take a couple of steps, look down - and more than likely seeing an ant or two when you do so. Ants are everywhere in the South Florida area due to our tropical environment.

If you are a homeowner or a property owner in South Florida, you are likely already pretty familiar with having ants around - whether that be inside or outside of your home.

Fire Ant Control - The Basics

a fire ant outside a home in west palm beach

Most people simply label the nuisance pests under the vague label of “ants”, when in reality, there are different types of ants that tend to infest South Florida area homes and yards.

If you have an ant in your home, it is more than likely going to be a ghost ant, better known by its common name, the sugar ant. Sugar ants are the extremely small ants that you might see in your bathroom or on your kitchen counter as they search for food, but they are relatively harmless. Sugar ant control is the most common type of call we receive for residential pest control.

The second most common ant pest in the area, the fire ant, is a little bit more than just a nuisance pest. At Native Pest Management, we offer a number of pest control services, treating common South Florida pests like mosquitoes, ants, cockroaches, rodents, bed bugs, termites, and whiteflies.

Among the pest control treatments that we provide to the area, there is one outdoor treatment that we tend to perform more than others - fire ant treatment.

Fire Ant Infestations In South Florida

Fire ants are nothing new to the state of Florida or our southern neighbors. In fact, most people have even grown accustomed to their presence and simply learned to avoid dealing with fire ants altogether. That being said, fire ants are extremely annoying, and sometimes even painful and dangerous, pests if they have established a population on your property.

In the state of Florida, there are two different types of fire ants. The first and most common species of fire ant is Solenopsis invicta Buren. While it is the most common fire ant in our area, you might know it by its more common name, the red imported fire ant (RIFA).

In addition to the invasive red imported fire ant, we also have a native fire ant, although it is much less common. The native fire ant, scientifically known as the Solenopsis geminata (Fabricus), is much less common - meaning that most fire ant infestations are caused by the red imported fire ant.

Identifying Red Imported Fire Ants

As with most other forms of South Florida ant control, the most important step is identifying that an infestation is present. To do so, you must first be able to identify the ant itself, as well as the habitat and feeding habits that it exhibits. Red imported fire ants are one of the larger ants that exist here in the South Florida area. Fire ants are a rusty red color with a darker red, sometimes even black, abdomen.

Another distinguishing feature of the red imported fire ant is its antennae. The antennae of red fire ants are bent forward, almost as an elbow would bend. Red imported fire ants can be anywhere from 1/8 to 1/4 inch long - making their coloration their most distinguishing factor.

Red Imported Fire Ant Habitat

The best way to self-diagnose that you have a fire ant infestation on your South Florida property is to identify the fire ant’s habitat. Luckily, this is a fairly easy task, being that they build large mounds of dirt that are visible above reasonably short grass.

Most ant mounds are created shortly after it has rained when the soil is soft and loamy. While fire ants, both native and imported, are known by their trademark mounds, they can also live in or under existing structures like retaining walls, dead trees, and piled debris.

If you identify that you have fire ants on your property or signs of fire ants on your property, please don’t hesitate to schedule a fire ant treatment for your South Florida property. But what exactly does fire ant pest control entail?

Fire Ant Treatment Options

While this is probably not something you want to hear from your ant control provider, there is no known way to absolutely eliminate a population of red imported fire ants with absolute certainty. There are, however, a few methods of fire ant control that are proven to reduce or mitigate their presence on your property.

Broadcast Bait Applications

Broadcast baits are a tool that we use to control red imported fire ant populations. These baits consist of spreadable granules that are pre-loaded with slow-acting insecticides.

The general intention of a slow-acting bait application is to have the foraging workers consume some of the insecticide, then bringing baited poison back to the colony for other ants to consume as well.

The baits we use are infused with insect growth regulator, so unlike store bought ant baits, it will interrupt the life cycle of fire ants and destroy the entire fire ant colony.

Bait applications are much more effective than spraying for fire ants. Only 10-20% of fire ant colonies are above ground at any one time, so while spraying or applying a granular insecticide will quickly kill the ones above ground, it will rarely eliminate the colonies a few feet underground. 

At Native Pest Management, we incorporate broadcast bait applications within our Integrated Pest Management regimen to control fire ant populations on your property.

We are so confident in our regular broadcast bait applications that we guarantee it will work, and any followups that may be needed will be free.

Individual Mound Treatment

Being that fire ant habitats are relatively easy to spot, individual mound treatment is an effective way to control fire ant populations in your yard.

While individual mound treatments are seemingly easy to administer, we strongly suggest that you let our team of South Florida fire ant control specialists administer the treatment. Native fire ant and imported fire ant mounds are built differently, meaning that the treatment must be administered differently.

Barrier & Spot Treatments

Barrier and spot treatments are meant to inhibit the fire ant colony’s ability to move around and forage. Additionally, our team of ant control specialists might use barrier and spot treatments to create a protective barrier around your home or business - keeping ants from entering the threshold of your living space or workspace.

While fire ants can enter a home, they are much more likely to be found outdoors, which is where we focus our treatments.

Scheduled Treatments

As we mentioned above, there are no fire ant control methods that are known to completely eliminate colonies and prevent new ones from becoming established on your property. That being said, there are ways to manage the populations - if you schedule treatments regularly, that is.

At Native Pest Management, we offer fire ant control treatment plans in quarterly, bi-monthly, and monthly plans - allowing you to rest easy knowing that your local home or business is safe from fire ant infestation.

We service local cities for fire ant prevention including Port St. Lucie, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Delray Beach, Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami.

Schedule A Fire Ant Treatment Today!

If your Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Miami Dade, Broward County home, business, or property has fire ants, we urge you to call us today. By getting in touch with our team of ant control specialists today, you can take a step in the right direction of having a pest-free home and yard.

Contact us today to request a free inspection with our pet safe pest control team.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much for pest control for ants?

The cost of ant control depends on several factors, including the type of ants, the size of the infestation, and where the infestation is. For more information or to receive a quote for ant control services, please contact us.

How to control fire ants?

Fire ants are dangerous pests that cause painful stings. If you find a fire ant mound on your property, you do not want to try to treat it on your own because that can often make the problem worse. Instead, let the professionals handle the situation.

How to control crazy ants?

Crazy ant colonies can become enormous, and they can cause serious problems when they infest your home. We specially design our crazy ant control to eliminate your crazy ant infestation so that your home remains secure.

Can pest control get rid of ants?

Effective ant control requires trained professionals who understand the differences between various species of ants, as well as what treatment methods work best for each species. When done properly, ant control is very effective at getting rid of ants.

 

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