Fire Ant Control Strategies

Fire Ant Control Strategies


control of fire ants is difficult
because the workers protect the Queen and move her to safety when the mound is
threatened scientists eventually may be able to discover a way to lower the
equilibrium population of fire ants one way may be to import parasites and
predators from the ants native South America such as these decapitating flies
scientists are studying their effectiveness and impact six species of
the decapitating flies have been released in fire ant infested areas of
the United States meanwhile integrated fire ant management is the recommended
approach for fire ant control it uses a combination of practices over time there
is no single best method for fire ant control because each site is different
however methods which are effective economical and least toxic to the
environment are the best options the most effective control methods cause
minimal disturbance to the mound and eliminate the egg producing queen it is
not always necessary to treat an entire area for fire ants map fire ant mound
locations and treat only the areas where fire ant control is most desirable this
can save money by reducing the cost of labor and materials because fire ant
workers and other predators kill approximately ninety-five percent of new
fire ant queens leaving fire ant mounds and low priority areas may actually slow
the re-infestation of the higher priority areas fire ant control products
are available at home improvement stores lawn and garden centers hardware stores
and farmers co-ops other products are available only from specialty stores or
through professional pest control service providers most control products
are baits or contact insecticides formulated as dusts granules aerosols or
liquids

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