East Texas Ag News: Controlling fire ants on your lawn

ETX Ag news: expect an increase in fire ants

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - You can expect to see an increase in fire ants. Thanks to the rains subsiding in many parts of the state.

That’s according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists.

During rain events, while the fire ants are underground in their nests, water moves through their colony and collapses many of their tunnels or chambers, so they have to rebuild.

Now is the time to consider using the “two-step method” of fire ant control. The first step happens now in the fall. Homeowners will need to lay out fire ant bait specifically labeled for ‘red imported’ fire ants.

This application allows greater coverage and serves to reduce the ants in the spring. The second step is in the spring if any of the mounds reemerge. Then you’ll use direct treatment on the mound with an insecticide.

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