How to Kill Red Fire Ants

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Fire ant bites are very painful.
Fire ant bites are very painful. (Image: ants on the flower image by Aleksander Kostuch from Fotolia.com)

Unlike many types of ants that are merely annoying, fire ants can be very troublesome. Fire ants are known for their vicious bites. Coming into contact with even a single fire ant can be very painful. If you spot these ants in or around your home, it is important to get rid of them.

Things You'll Need

  • Ant bait
  • Flashlight

Purchase fie ant bait from your local hardware store or home improvement warehouse. It is a good idea to purchase more bait than you think you will need--this allows you to deal with a secondary infestation if needed.

Shine a flashlight around the area where the fire ants have been spotted. Fire ants can squeeze through even the smallest cracks, so sealing up those cracks is the best way to keep the ants out.

Place a bait tray in the areas where fire ants have been spotted. The workers ants will carry the bait back to the nest, where the queen will eat it and die.

Keep an eye on the exterior of the home for signs of fire ants as well. Place a bait tray in any outdoor locations where fire ants have been spotted.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be careful with baits if you have children or pets. Look for baits that are certified nontoxic if you have children or animals inside or outside your home.

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