Fire ant mounds are plentiful and that is a common problem, especially after a rain.
Several people from throughout the county have questions on control measures for fire ants. Fire ants are a problem throughout Marshall County and all of Alabama.
They can affect our health, agriculture, wildlife and environment. There are no methods developed to eradicate fire ants, however they can be managed.
An abundance of products are on the market for fire ant management, however it is sometimes difficult to decide on which one to use. There is no best method to control fire ants. It depends on the particular situation.
A two-step method is often mentioned when discussing fire ant management.
The two-step method includes broadcasting a bait to get rid of most of the mounds, then follow that up in a few days by treating the most annoying mounds with an individual mound treatment. Products on the market are in the form of baits, granules, dust and drenches.
Broadcast application of fire ant baits seem to be favored as a measure to manage fire ants over a long period of time. Baits are applied at a broadcast rate of 1 to 1.5 pounds per acre.
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