In the early summer months, the fire ant population explodes. The mounds that the ants create are akin to the tip of an iceberg as 90% or more of the actual mound is subterranean. Briggs Small Engine Parts realizes what a hazard these ‘landmines’ can be to adults, children, and beloved pets and livestock. This is why we felt it would be a great time to profile a certain breed of fire ant, which has a southern accent and a sting that is as potent, microscopically, as that of an Indian Cobra.
Painful Stings
Southern red ants are the native species of fire ants that have been in the South for as long as man has been here. These fire ants are enough to deal with when the mound is disturbed and most of us can recall, at least one occasion, when we were ankle deep in fire ants as children and screaming for our moms! The species of fire ant that we are going to profile is the non-native Brazilian fire ant that smuggled it’s way across the border on a ship and has spread like wildfire ever since.
Stowaways
These invasive and rapidly spreading family members of Formicids (ants) have been pushing upwards from the South for the past 5 decades and are now firmly entrenched in the upper most reaches of the Carolinas. How far will these stinging; very offensive-minded red fire ants go is up to Mother Nature and man’s intervention and intelligence. The best way to control a fire ant issue in your lawn is to first identify if indeed these ants are the Brazilian variety then apply Andro or some other form of insecticide specifically designed to control invasive fire ants.
Fire Ant Control
There are numerous fire ant elimination products, both organic and non-organic, on the market today. The easiest way to locate the right one for your turf and home is to ask a professional retailer, at the fire ant products store.
Briggs Small Engine Parts Profiles Southern Summer Fire Ant Control Tips
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