October is the perfect month to control fire ant populations. This is because the new colonies are small and the impact of a good pest control system can wipe them out.
Fire Ant Behavior
In mid- to late-August successful fire ant colonies have grown to such a large size that they need to disperse. This is because only so many fire ants can thrive in a geographic period. That dispersal is called swarming and this is also the time of year when a new queen flies out with a small cache of workers and begins a new colony.
By October, those new colonies are easier to spot and the small mounds of dirt are easier to treat. The next big opportunity to deal with fire ants will not be until late April. October is a better month for a couple or reasons.
- Fire ants are busy gathering and storing food items and that means they are more likely to take bait deep into their colony and use it over the winter. The more they eat, the less there are.
- The colony is not well established and that means that the tunnels and galleries are fewer. This means that contact pesticides also help to control the colony.
The Two Prong Approach to Fire Ant Control
Ants are foragers and that means that if you kill the ants in your bathroom they come back next week. This is because the bulk of their colony are workers and the ants that are in your home are only a fraction of their colony. To kill the colony means you have to work with the nature of ants and that means baits that they take back to their colony as food.
If you are concerned about Fire Ants, give us a call. We have all the tools to safely and thoroughly eradicate them. We offer ant and insect and other pest control services throughout the greater Austin Area
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