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Insect Alert - Fire Ants

May 7, 2013
by Rick Brandenburg

A large fire ant mound

Unseasonably cool spring temperatures combined with rainfall and overcast skies have considerably reduced fire ant mound-building, and has also kept people indoors. This combination of factors has resulted in fire ants being somewhat of a forgotten pest° but expect that to change very soon. When the weather breaks, and temperatures rise, be ready for a significant increase in mound-building and surface activity. Fire ant baits give good control when applied under dry conditions, but the continued moisture and inconsistent temperatures this spring have not made for good application conditions. Contact insecticides are another option that may be more appropriate if wet conditions continue to dominate our weather.