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Pest Control Birmingham AL – Fire Ants

It is finally beginning to feel like fall. The temperatures are cooling down; the leaves are beginning to change colors, and we are spending a lot more time outside, enjoying our surroundings.

However, you may have the unfortunate experience of stepping into a fire ant mound. These mounds can appear overnight. Is now a good time to treat for these angry little nuisances?

Now is the perfect time to rid your lawn or landscape of these unwelcome invaders. While the warm weather is rolling out and cooler air moves in, fire ants are still actively foraging. Fire ants look for protein-rich foods all year, but especially in the late spring and early fall.

Foragers usually continue searching for food until temperatures drop below 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Using treatment plans like the Two step Method, can provide specific and continued control of fire ants, in a cost-effective way.

Pest Control Birmingham AL – Two Step Method

Step 1: Cast fire ant bait once or twice a year to reduce fire ant colonies by 80 to 90 percent.

Step 2: Treat nuisance mounds or colonies that move into the bait-treated areas. Step 2 may not be needed.

Not only are fire ants a nuisance outdoors, but also they can wreak havoc indoors. Fire ants will be looking for a warm place to overwinter. Double-checking door seals, pip coverings and concrete foundations can help prevent a home invasion in the winter. As temperatures drop, fire ants begin searching for warm places to spend the cold months. Often, this means mounds inside the house or built against the foundation.

Alabama Cooperative Extension professionals developed management options for treating fire ants inside homes and buildings. The first and most important suggestion: treat fire ants in the surrounding landscape to prevent fire ant infestations near the home.

Be sure to inspect your pile of leaves, wood stack or winter garden for fire ants. Outdoor temperatures determine the amount of activity present in a fire ant mound. When the temperatures are right, leaf or compost piles, wood stacks and winter gardens are all likely hiding places for fire ants.

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Horizons Professional Pest Control is a local, family owed business that has been proudly serving the Birmingham-metro area since 2000.

Horizons is licensed and bonded to provide a variety of services including: regular pest control services (monthly, bimonthly, quarterly), termites bonds, pest removal, flea treatments, bed bug treatments, mosquito and tick barriers, and german cockroach baiting services.

We want to help you to keep your home safe. Give us a call at (205) 970-0577.