Fall is one of the best times to be proactive in dealing with ants and specifically, fire ants around your home or business.
Ants and Swarming
At least once per year, ants swarm – the break off and start a new colony. Fall is one of the two times – spring is the other – when fire ants swarm. To be clear, the swarming generally happens in last summer but fall makes the best time to deal with new colonies.
The Habits of Ants
In terms of insects, ants are some of the most amazing creatures on Earth. The leaf cutter ants have been farming for over 50,000 years – long before humans. These ants cut holes in leaves and then use those leaf segments to grow fungus which they eat. They do not eat the leaves.
Fire ants are gatherers – they forage for grains and bits of flesh if they can find it. They will attack and take down spiders, lizards, and other smaller prey. There ferocious nature is one of the keys to dealing with them. Their habit of storing food is key. To kill an ant colony you must address the entire colony otherwise you are only killing of the scouts – those ants out looking for food.
Controlling Fire Ants in Fall
Fall is the best time to kill fire ants. This is because their new colonies are smaller and not yet established. The new queen and her workers are busy foraging because there will not be much food for them come winter.
We use a two-step process that include specialized baits that kill the colony from the inside and a contact pesticide that kills the ants that leave the colony. No foraging means no food and that makes the bait more appetizing.
To learn more about our safe and effective pest control services, give us a call. We provide pest control services throughout Bryan and College Station.