Submitted to: Pest Control Technology Magazine
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: December 15, 2001
Publication Date: April 5, 2001
Citation: Oi, F.M., Oi, D.H., Porter, S.D., Koehler, P.G. 2001. Fire ants dos & don'ts. Pest Control Technology Magazine. Technical Abstract: Control options for imported fire ants are discussed. Fire ant baiting is the most efficient option currently available. Broadcast baiting is most suited for large areas, applying baits to individual fire ant mounds is desirable when only a few mounds are present, and a "two-step method" which incorporates both baits and contact insecticides is useful for areas which need fast control. Depending on their active ingredient, fire ant baits require 2 to 8+ weeks to deactivate a colony. Fresh bait and applying baits when weather conditions are favorable for active ant foraging are critical requirements for successful baiting. Granular contact insecticides can also be applied to large areas to prevent infestations. Control "remedies" that do not work include spraying deodorant or hair spray, applying corn grits, dry rice, or straw itch mites, and injecting automobile exhaust fumes.