As people who enjoy being outdoors, knowing how to get rid of fire ants is as important as knowing how to avoid a sunburn (especially here in the south).
I love warm weather. Getting out in the garden, mowing the lawn, and then just sitting back with a big glass of sweet tea enjoying the view… until the ants start stinging!
Everyone hates ants, and here in Georgia, the ones we hate the most are the dreaded fire ants! These things hurt! The sting of a fire ant is painful and usually ends up leaving a nasty raised welt that becomes a white blister. If you’re allergic to insect stings, you will surely react more severely! I’ve heard of people who are allergic to ants get bit by a nest of fire ants and go into anaphylactic shock.
They are frustrating, not only because of the physical pain they inflict, but because their mound-building activity can damage plant roots and lead to loss of crops. They also make your yard look nasty with their big ol’ mounds. Yuck!
So how do you get rid of fire ants?
There are numerous ways to “control” ants. Some work, some don’t, and some are just plain dangerous (like dousing them with gas and setting them on fire… NEVER fight fire (ants) with fire).
“Is there a good, easy, non-toxic way to kill these little buggars?” Absolutely!
How to Get Rid of Fire Ants
- Fill a large pot (like a stock pot or canning pot) with water.
- Boil the water.
- IMMEDIATELY (and CAREFULLY) take the pot of hot water to the mound.
- Pour the water directly onto the mound and around the outside edge. The hot water will kill the ants (including the queen).
- These mounds are deep and full of tunnels, so the dirt will sink in. Fill in the hole with some dirt.
Add a little compost and some grass seed to that dirt in the hole, and you’ll soon forget that mound was ever there!
No mess, no chemicals, safe for pets, kids and the environment. What’s more, IT’S CHEAP (virtually free)!!
If you see one mound, look for more. Fire ants like to build communities in your yard. They’ll have mounds all over the place. The sooner you see the mound and the faster you react, the less likely they are to spread out around your yard.
Whatever you do, do NOT do as I did when I was younger. I thought it was cool to run over the mounds with the lawn mower. WOOSH! The whole mound would fly! It was cool! …..until that one mound turned into 20….. and there were fire ants literally all over the yard. It was a nightmare!