Eliminate Fire Ants the Natural Way: Tips for an Organic Approach to Pest Control
The eradication of fire ants organically is both feasible and practical. Fire ants are considered more aggressive than other ant species and if not treated can quickly spread throughout the garden and home. The traditional solution of using a chemical/synthetic pesticidal spray can prove to be very harmful. Not only do such chemicals offer only short-term effectivity, they can also leave behind chemical residue that can damage the nutrition absorption of plants, cause allergic reactions, and permanently stain walls.
To tackle this problem, a two-fold strategy should be taken. The first step is bait application, followed by spraying the ant colonies with an organic pesticide. Bait application is important in making sure the bait is taken deep inside the ant’s nest by the egg-laying ant queen to ensure complete eradication of an ant colony. Spraying with organic pesticides is then a backup for the bait application to kill any other remaining ants unchanged by the bait.
Retailed, organic bait is sold with two application methods—broadcast and mound. A broadcast application is useful if ants can be regularly seen at home. Take handfuls of the organic bait, crush it to make a powder and spread around the areas where an infestation is evident, including the gaps in windowsills and doors to prevent the ants from entering. Following this, mound applications should be done by sprinkling the bait directly over and around the mound in a circle.
Bait application may not be enough to ensure fire ants dwelling in the garden won’t invade your home again. Organic pesticide spray is also needed. Dilute the organic pesticide solution as per packaged instructions, fill the spray bottle and spray the mound after the bait application is done. An alternative to pesticide spraying is hot water application. It should only be done if the ant infestation is in its early stage and the mound hasn’t grown large enough. Pour boiling water over the baited ant mounds, then pour boiling water around the perimeter of the house to kill the escaping ants.
Organic eradication of fire ants is much more effective in the long-term than chemical sprays. Organic insecticides have lower concentrations of active ingredient, meaning multiple treatments may be required but they don’t leave behind any harmful chemical residue. As a further benefit, in most cases, organic insecticides are biodegradable, minimise environmental pollution, and it encourages a safe environment and ensures the safety of humans, animals, and other non-target organisms.
Organic methods of pest control should be used wherever possible to ensure a safe environment. Killing fire ants organically is not only possible, but with the right plan of action and use of products, it can be a long-term, sustainable solution.