Palm Beach County Ant Control — The Basics
In South Florida, you can walk out your front door, take a couple of steps, and look down — more than likely seeing an ant or two when you do so. Ants are everywhere in West Palm Beach and the greater Palm Beach County area due to the desirable climate and ample sources of food.
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. 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 Palm Beach County 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. 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 Palm Beach County
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, 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 West Palm Beach area fire ant infestations are caused by the red imported fire ant.
Identifying A Red Imported Fire Ant Infestation
As with most other forms of West Palm Beach 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.
Identifying The Red Imported Fire Ant
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 ⅛ inch 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 Palm Beach County property. But what exactly does fire ant pest control entail?
West Palm Beach Fire Ant Treatment Options
While this is probably not something you want to hear from your West Palm Beach 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 West Palm Beach 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. At Native Pest Management, we incorporate broadcast bait applications within our integrated pest management regimen to control fire ant populations on your property.
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 West Palm Beach 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 West Palm Beach 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.
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.
Schedule A Fire Ant Treatment Today
If your Palm Beach County home, business, or property has been infested with fire ants, we urge you to get in touch with our experienced team of ant control specialists. 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 treatment quote or to schedule a fire ant treatment with our ant control specialist team.