How to get rid of fire ants in Virginia with Connor's Termite & Pest Control

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No one wants to come across a fire ant nest in their yard. Not only are fire ant mounds unpleasant to look at, they can be extremely dangerous due to the innumerable stinging insects they harbor. Whether you come across a fire ant mound near your garden or on the sidewalk in front of your business, it’s important to take care of the matter quickly. While there are several ways to control fire ant problems yourself, it’s recommended to enlist the help of a professional pest control company such as Connor’s in more serious cases.

Removing fire ant mounds yourself

There are three common methods of fire ant removal that may prove effective when you’re dealing with a small infestation: digging out the mounds, using scalding water, or administering mild chemical treatments.

  1. If you have just one or two mounds to deal with, you can physically remove them from your lawn with a shovel and a bucket.
    • Be sure to wear protective gear (covered clothing, shoes, and gloves).
    • Plan to do your digging during the middle of the day when the majority of the colony is in the mound.
    • Carefully dig the entire mound out and about a foot more below it. Dump the mound into a bucket and either drown the colony with soapy water or remove of the ants somewhere away from your property.
  2. Another effective at-home method is pouring three to four gallons of scalding hot water onto the mound.
    • Again, be sure to carry out the job mid-day when the colony is in their mound.
    • Be wary of the fact that hot water will likely kill the grass and shrubbery around the mound as well.
    • After digging out the mound, replace it with new soil and add seeds to grow in new grass.
  3. If you’re concerned about the use of harsh chemicals, you can actually use two perfectly safe household ingredients to exterminate an ant colony: baking soda and vinegar.
    • 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 the holes with baking soda.
    • Once you have the nest covered with baking soda, pour a liberal amount of vinegar over it.
    • As with the other methods, you will need to dig the mound out and refill it with new soil to encourage new grass growth.

Professional fire ant removal services

If these techniques prove to be outmatched by the number of mounds in your yard, or if you simply would like the help of a professional, it may be time to consider calling on the experts at Connor’s Termite & Pest Control. We have been providing excellent pest management services for more than 40 years and can be trusted to effectively control any fire ant infestation you may be experiencing. Call us today to learn about our fire ant removal services!

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How to Get Rid of Fire Ants in Virginia

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