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Two Approaches to Killing Fire Ants

April 20, 2018

Spring rains and warmer weather are encouraging fire ant mounds to show up. They wreak havoc on your lawn and make it next to impossible to feel safe and enjoy your outdoor space with friends and family.

Fire Ant Mound

When you accidently encounter a fire ant colony thousands of ants are on you like a magnet with multiple stings and bites.

Now there are two ways to kill the fire ants I see and control the ones you don’t see.

The first one is a mound bait to kill fire ant queens and mounds. Just sprinkle the bait in a 4-foot diameter around the mound. Fire ants think it’s food and bring it back to the mound for feeding. It’s a deep-reaching solution that requires no watering. Ortho Fire Ant Killer Mound Bait kills both visible and hidden mounds and prevents mound relocation. Watch this short video to learn more:

The second method is a 2-Step whole lawn treatment to not only rid your lawn area but to discourage neighborhood ants from invading your lawn.

Step 1 – Kill the Mound: Treat mounds you see with Ortho Orthene Fire Ant Killer . This product is designed to kill the queen and destroy the mound. Do not disturb the mound prior to treating. Sprinkle a tablespoon of product over and around each mound and do not water. Over the next several days the ants and queen in the mound will be killed.

Step 2 – Protect the Ground: Treating only the mounds you see is not enough to completely get rid of fire ants. That is because not all fire ant mounds are easily seen. Colonies may remain active underground, hidden from sight. Additionally, new queens can fly in to establish colonies or foraging fire ants may enter the yard to look for food. Use a lawn spreader to put down Ortho MAX Fire Ant Killer Broadcast Granules to protect your lawn by killing foraging fire ants and controlling new fire ant mounds from forming for up to six months. Water your lawn after spreading the granules.  Watch this short video to learn more:


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