Previously in the Ultimate Guide To Fire Ant Control we learned all about fire ants, their nasty sting, and about the most common species here in BC, the European Fire Ant. Now let's look at some simple steps you can take to help stop the spread.
Warning: Fire Ants can be harmful.. and are extremely difficult to control! Proper care is often needed when treating your yard for fire ants. Best to seek expert advice first, or call the ant control professionals to take care of them for you.
How to manage European Fire Ants
There are many effective home remedies for a variety of fire ants. Unfortunately, in Metro Vancouver and the surrounding area, European Fire Ants are the main challenge. European Fire Ants (Myrmica Rubra) typically increase in numbers when faced with most home remedies.
The only method currently recognized by researchers and experienced pest control companies is a domestic grade permethrin insecticide application involving tedious digging, treating, and replacing soil.
What can you do?
European fire ants are best prevented by using vigilance when landscaping and gardening. These ants are nearly impossible to prevent as their colonies spread quickly from one property to the next.
1. Turn over rocks and stones frequently.
Fire ants likes areas when moisture can trap, under rocks, in tall grass, and in root wads.
Rocks and pavers act as heat sinks, keeping a nest warm overnight for quick growth of larvae
When you're gardening take time to comb through areas of tall grass, over turn rocks, and remove loose pieces of wood / play toys that are lying around in your yard.
2. Avoid bringing in any unknown soil
One of the best defenses is to avoid bringing in any unknown soil without having it properly inspected first.
Reports are that some well known garden centers and landscape companies unknowingly sold residents contaminated soil which spread European fire ants to many parts of Metro Vancouver and surrounding areas very quickly. This is likely how they came to be in several lower mainland locations almost simultaneously.
Again, it is imperative to do research before purchasing fill or soil.
Inspections are one of the best methods to prevent fire ants. Best to speak with a Ant Control company to help you pinpoint fire ant colonies on an entire property without breaking any soil
–> Next up, we learn about using insecticides in fire ant control
Westside Pest Control is the no1. Ant Control company in the lower mainland. In addition to fire ants, we also treat for Carpenter Ants and Pavement Ants. If there is a need for professional help contact one of the team today on 604-559-9060. After a few simple questions, free estimates can be given over the phone for fire ant removal.