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Do you want to control fire ants in your yard? Here's information on the two-step
method of control.
Nashville, Ark. – If you have had fire ants in the past and are seeing those unwanted
mounds pop up on your property, then it is time to do something about them. Imported
fire ants are a serious pest, but fortunately their impact upon our lives can be minimized
through patience and the use of integrated pest management practices. The most effective
chemical control methods for imported fire ants result in queen mortality or prohibit
her from producing more worker ants. The control program described below is a cost-effective
and proven procedure that provides long-term ant suppression in home lawns, ornamental
turf, area-wide treatment programs and other nonagricultural land. This program is
also suited for pasture and rangeland provided the products are labeled for use in
The two-step method is suggested for areas with a high IFA mound (colony) density
(over 20 per acre) and low numbers of beneficial native ants. This method can effectively
control heavy fire ant infestations when conducted at least twice yearly. The first
step is to broadcast a bait formulated insecticide over the entire yard on a semiannual
basis (spring and fall). The second step occurs seven to ten days later with the individual
treatment of problem mounds with approved insecticidal dusts, liquid drenches, baits,
granules, aerosols or a nonchemical treatment, such as pouring hot water on the mound.
Step One - Broadcast Bait Applications: Most fire ant bait is a combination of insecticide plus an attractive fire ant food
(generally processed corn grits coated with soybean oil). Baits are taken into the
colony by ants searching (foraging) for food. The bait is distributed to other members
of the colony through the exchange of food, a process known as trophallaxis. One key
to the efficiency of baits is that the insecticide gets to the queen.
Step Two - Individual Mound Treatment: Chemical and nonchemical methods may be used for individual treatment of fire ant
mounds. Individual mound treatments should be applied from seven to ten days following
the broadcast of bait. Dusts, liquid drenches, granules and aerosols are examples
of contact insecticides. As a contact insecticide, these products must actually come
into direct contact with the ant.
For more detailed information on controlling fire ants using the two-step method see
fact sheet FSA7036, or contact Howard County Extension office. We will be glade to mail you a copy.
For more information, you can send an email to email@example.com. Howard County Extension office is still working and is there for all the residences
in Howard County during this time.
By Samantha Kroll County Extension Agent - AgricultureThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Samantha Kroll County Extension Agent - Agriculture U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service 421 N. Main Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative
action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need
materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office (or other
appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay. The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
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