It’s getting hotter and drier in Central Texas and this means more fire ants!

Most people are staying at home and in their yards this summer, so it’s a great time to treat fire ants to ensure your outdoor areas are safe for your family and pets.

About Fire Ants

Red Imported Fire Ant Austin
The red imported fire ant. “I’m not from Texas, but I got here as fast as I could.”
There are a few different species of fire ants around Texas and Austin but regardless of the type, they can be a painful nuisance if you’re unlucky enough to find them in your yard.

While many people think they don’t have fire ants because they don’t see mounds, the truth is that fire ants live in soil and only create mounds when it’s moist or following a rain.

When it’s hot and dry, fire ant colonies are deeper in the group and not building mounds because the soil is hard and dry. They will nest deeper in the ground during the day and then come out and forage as it cools off.

Why Do I Have Fire Ants Inside?

Fire ants can come inside and present an even greater problem by crawling into pantries, pet food areas and even bedrooms. As temperatures rise they will move into residences seeking food and water.

Often this is near laundry and utility areas, bathrooms or kitchens where they have access from the outside.

The good news is that treating fire ants when it is hot and dry in the mid to late summer is a great time to get control of them because baits work great when the ants are out foraging.

How We Treat Fire Ants

At Aztec we use the fastest acting bait product available for outdoor treatments1. It is safe for people and pets and it is warrantied for three months. If you are seeing indoor fire ants will also apply a perimeter spray to kill and repel ants from coming in.

Summertime is a great time to spend outdoors in and around Austin. Make your outdoor living and recreation areas safe and fire ant free with Aztec Organic Pest Service and our long-lasting, friendly fire ant treatment.

Call us at (512) 443-0123 for a quote or use our online fire ant quote contact form.

References:
1. Texas A&M. Fire Ant Frequently Asked Questions. Texas Imported Fire Ant Research and Management Project. Retrieved July 2 2020 from https://fireant.tamu.edu/manage/faq/.