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Apr112012

Fire Ants In Charlotte 

20 million people a year are stung by fire ants in the United States. Once they invade your landscape they usually take over with a vengeance, swarming over pets, kids, or anyone who disturbs their mound. Unsightly fire ant mounds can reach 15” wide, 15” high, and up to 5 feet deep in the ground. They like to anchor to something solid so you will usually see them along concrete curbs, driveways, mailboxes, lightposts, and benches.

Because of the warm winter we had we've started seeing mounds pop up much earlier than usuall so we need to be ready to treat this insect problem.

Full eradication of fire ants is very difficult; however, we do have a product that will keep them out of your landscape. Top Choice is a product that provides one full year of fire ant control and is the best product on the market I have seen. It is a granular material that is spread over the lawn and natural areas The active ingredient in Top Choice is the same thing used to make flea and tick collars for dogs so it is completely kid and pet safe; however, the FDA requires that it be purchased and applied by a licensed pesticide applicator (like me!).

The only catch is Top Choice comes with a fairly hefty price. But if you have had a history of fire ants and want to be rid of them for good, Top Choice is the way to go. Let me know if you want an estimate.

The other option is to treat each individual mound with an insecticide labeled for fire ants as they pop up. This method is less effective as the mound usually just relocates to a new spot.

 

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