Fire Ant Control in Surrey, BC
Westside technicians specialize in locating and targeting in-ground fire ant nests.
European Fire Ants or myrmica rubra, are about an 8th of an inch in length and orange-red in colour. They usually build their nests in-ground or under rocks and stones, and if disturbed will become very defensive. Their sting is quite painful and will hurt for some time after the initial bite, similar to a wasp sting. Fire ants get their name from their aggressive behavior and bites: if you disturb a nest and get too close without realizing it, the multiple bites will feel as though your skin is on fire! These are no insect to mess around with or let their numbers grow on your property.
European Fire Ants, or myrmica rubra, are starting to become a major issue for Surrey home owners. Removal of soil from the property is not a permitted or effective means of eradication. In most cases a residential property will contain 20-30 nests with multiple queens and also likely that the fire ants are invading neighbouring properties as well. Communication with neighbours is paramount to increase the chances of successful eradication.
Westside Pest Control Ltd. uses a systematic and effective approach to rid these pesky and invasive insects. The kids can play soccer again and you can put a chair back on the grass… and relax…
Fire Ant nests are often deep within the soil but without a visible mound, so traditional surface treatments will not kill them off. Surface treatments can have the opposite effect on fire ants. If these smart insects sense that they are threatened, they may go into reproductive overdrive and/or move the nest to another location on the property. In the case of fire ants, home remedies will not help. Professional treatments are absolutely required from the start.
Our Fire Ant Treatments are cost effective and minimally invasive to the property. Our technicians do not disturb any more grass or garden than is absolutely necessary. We begin our treatments with finding the exact fire ant nest locations, even deep in the soil. Then, using an organic insect monitor in a tight grid pattern across the entire property, nest sites are located and marked.
After marking affected areas, our trained technicians dig up and treat small circular sections of earth. Only affected areas are disturbed and treated.
The full treatment is repeated three times over a two week period.
The fine (but honest) print on Fire Ants:
Grass in nest locations will need to be disturbed but will grow back.
Complete eradication is unfortunately almost impossible but we can likely provide a 95% or better improvement after 3 short visits.