Prevent Fire Ants With Sanitation Methods
- Food source
- Water or moisture
- Harborage or a place to live
- Trim back trees and shrubs so that the branches and foliage do not touch your home to prevent Fire ants from using them to avoid pesticide applications
- Rake back mulch, pine straw or other landscape bedding at least 6 inches from structure to create a "dry zone" that Fire ants are likely to avoid.
- Turn mulch or other bedding material every couple of weeks to keep moisture retention low and discourage nest building.
- Mow lawn as needed to keep growth low.
- Remove grass clippings, leaf piles and stacked wood to eliminate Fire ant harborages.
- Remove ripe fruit from trees and off of the ground around trees.
- Store outdoor trash cans and dumpsters as far away from structure as possible and be sure they have tight fitting lids.
- Thoroughly wash out trash cans and dumpsters with an ammonia solution when needed.