Are fire ant baits toxic to humans and pets?

Fire ant bait materials have a variety of active ingredients with varying toxicity levels. Because such a small amount of active ingredient is in the bait, humans or animals would have to eat a huge amount before getting sick or …

Does gasoline kill fire ants?

Gasoline probably will not kill the entire fire ant colony. Gasoline is highly repellent to ants and is likely to cause them to relocate. However, gasoline is dangerous to handle, and it kills any plant material it touches. Some of …

Do grits kill fire ants?

Research plots have demonstrated that using grits does not control fire ants. The theory behind the use of grits as a fire ant control is that the ants will eat the grits, which swell in their stomachs causing them …

How long do fire ants live?

Fire ant queens typically live 2-6 years (an average of about 3 years). The record longevity of a queen is 7 years. Males die a short time after they swarm and mate. Worker ants usually live 4-6 weeks after emerging …

What are flying ants?

Two female red imported fire ant alates preparing to lift off for nuptial flight. USDA photo.
Two red imported fire ant alates preparing to lift off for nuptial flight. USDA photo.

Most ant species, including fire ants, produce flying ants. Often called winged ants or alates, flying ants are fertile male or female ants that

How do I kill fire ants inside my house?

Fire ant colonies can migrate into homes and other structures in search of food, water, and nesting sites, especially during periods of extreme outdoor heat, drought, or flooding rains.They can enter through any cracks and crevices.


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How do we control fire ants in pastures?

First, is it worth treating your pasture at all? If the answer is yes, there are several baits that can be broadcast for fire ant control in pastures. These baits cost about $10-15 per acre. The cost of labor and