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War against fire ants

November 2nd, 2015


Every year you resolve to win the war against fire ants. And every year you experience the agony of defeat. But it’s your home turf, so this year take control of the game. Play in the fall Late August through November is an ideal time to apply fire ant bait to your lawn - ants are still foraging and weather patterns are more predictable so you can apply bait when no rain is expected for several days after treatment. Baits are slow acting, taking weeks to months to reduce ant mound numbers. It’s a lot easier to be patient with baits while holed up inside for the winter than in the spring, when you’re anxious to get outdoors - without getting stung. Come together as a team and plan your attack.

Since fire ants travel from yard to yard, this year join with your neighborhood association to implement a city wide treatment for fire ants. This year join the team and treat for fire ants on November 2nd  to 7th  for maximum coverage, and maximum effectiveness. Use the right gear in the right way so you and the environment don’t get hurt. Be careful and only use insecticides when and where they are needed. Closely follow label directions. Today’s baits are gentle on the environment and are best applied using crank-type seeders or spreaders. The Two-Step Method (using baits and treating nuisance mounds individually) is best for most heavily infested turf-grass areas. In areas with low fire ant populations or an interest in preserving native ant species, treat mounds individually. Constantly attack their line until you reach the goal for a resounding victory. By participating in this fire ant control program this fall and following a regular maintenance schedule thereafter, you’ll see fewer ants - and will spend less time on injured reserve because of ant stings 


Disclaimer : The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Houston Association of REALTORS®

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