Household Pests: Fire Ant Poison Tips

Many people have fire ant problems. Here are some tips for using poison and other natural ways to control ants.

Fire ants can be a problem. They sting people, kill baby animals, spoil the landscape and could kill off endangered species. But is poison the answer? Poison control of ants can cause as much of a problem on the natural environment as the fire ants themselves, or maybe even more. There are other means to control fire ants.

Boiling water can kill fire ant mounds to a certain degree. Area wide flooding of fire ant mounds is not completely effective. Burning of fire ant mounds has about the same rate of success. Mechanical disturbance only make the ants rebuild. Some people have used nest exploders without success. But what do you do for your home? How do you keep them out of your house? The biggest fire any poison tip is not to use too much poison inside your home. You never want to get poison near your food areas even though this is most likely where the ants will be. Ants can move through very tiny cracks and openings. Caulking and foaming insulation will help seal those cracks. Talcum powder or any medicated body powder can be sprinkled around the home to deter fire ants. There is a product called DE, or diatomaceous earth that is effective. You can purchase it in food grade so you can place it around your pantry areas and kitchen. It is completely safe to use and is good to prevent any type of insect that crawls. Some household sealants are especially designed for pest management. They are expandable and will seal very tiny crevices where fire ants can enter your home.

If you do choose to use a strong poison, then read, understand and follow the instructions. Remember that more is not better. Mix up any poisons you may use in a well ventilated area or outside. Use gloves and goggles to prevent contact or accidental splashes. If you have any poison in your house, keep the poison control office number near your phone. Before using any poison read the precautions and learn what to do beforehand. If there is an accidental ingestion or contact with the poison, get help right away. Keep all poisons in your household labeled and dated. State on the label that this poison is for fire ants.

Fire ants are very difficult to get rid of. Keep the area clean and free of crumbs. The more food sources there are, the more fire ants you will have. Even when you are outside your home be sure that all garbage is put away. Debris, mulch, weeds and grass will all attract fire ants. Mulch in your flower beds will harbor ants at times. Quickly remove fruits and nuts off the ground. Also, keep pieces of lumber and old equipment away from your home.

Predators of the fire ant sometimes show promise in controlling them. In the meantime we need to keep our homes clean and remove any food source that we can. Sometimes smearing petroleum jelly on door thresholds will help keep fire ants out of the house. Bay leaves in the pantry can help to keep it insect-free.

Stay away from fire ant mounds. Learn the habits of the fire ant and learn how to recognize them from other ants. Also, find out what to do if you are stung by a fire ant. Usually if stung by any insect just put a dab of bleach on the sting to neutralize it.

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