No one likes fire ant nests in their yards. At best, they’re eyesores. At worst, they’re eyesores full of biting insects that will leave itchy welts all over your legs. They can be especially problematic if you have kids.
If you want your children to be able to play in the yard all summer without making a major investment in calamine lotion, you’re going to have to figure out how to get rid of the fire ants in your yard. In this article, we’ll walk you through a few tips for ridding yourself of these pests.
Dig Them Out
If you have just one or two mounds, out in open space in the yard, you can actually physically remove them from your lawn with a shovel and a bucket. You’ll need to purchase some soil at your local garden supply store if you do this, unless, of course, you want to leave a gaping hole in the ground.
You may also want to wear gardening gloves and a pair of rain boots when you undertake digging an anthill out of your yard. You want to wear gloves, shoes, and clothing that you can easily knock ants off of, rather than getting bitten a few thousand times.
Once you’ve donned the right apparel for the job, you’ll want to do your digging around mid-day, when most of the ant colony is at home in the mound. Make sure that you dig the entire mound out and about a foot more below it. Dump the ants and their mound into a bucket large enough to hold them, and then you can decide whether to drown them in soapy water or just dump them somewhere off of your property.
Pouring three to four gallons of scalding hot water onto the mound at mid-day – again, when most of the ants are in the mound – will kill the mound effectively. However, you should know that hot water will also kill the grass and shrubberies around the mound, as well. Be prepared to dig the dead mound out, replace it with new soil, and add seed to grow in new grass.
Mild Chemical Warfare
If you want to make sure that you kill the mound, but you’re concerned about exposing yourself and your family to harsh chemicals, you can actually use two perfectly safe household ingredients: baking soda and vinegar.
First, pour a liberal amount of baking soda over the mound. If it’s a large mound, use a stick to poke a few holes into the mound and fill these with baking soda. Once you have the nest covered with baking soda, pour a liberal amount of vinegar over it.
These two ingredients together will kill the mound and won’t cause any harm to you or your family. You will still most likely have to use some seed and/or fertilizer to get healthy grass to grow in again, and you may still need to dig the mound out and refill it with new soil.
Call the Experts
If you have a lot of anthills, or your ants seem to just be moving around the yard whenever you think you’ve killed a nest, it’s time to enlist the help of lawn care experts. Call Fischer Environmental Services today, (800) 391-2565, for a free assessment and control estimate. We offer options that fit your needs, allay your concerns, and rid you of your fire ant problem.
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