Home gardeners vs. fire ants (6-1-09)
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If you have a lawn or garden in Mississippi, then no one needs to explain to you what fire ants are. Even first time observers learn quickly what fire ants can do. With the recent rains fire ant mounds have become quite visible in many lawns. Not only are these mounds unsightly, but the sting from fire ants can be extremely painful and for some people even life threatening. Therefore, controlling fire ants should be as much a part of your lawn management activities as fertilizing, watering, and mowing.
There are several methods of controlling fire ants but applying baits is probably the most convenient and easiest. Baits can be very effective when applied according to the following tips.
For more information on fire ant control there are several excellent publications found at your local Extension office or can be downloaded for the extension web at www.msucares.com. Once at the home page simply type fire ants after clicking on the search button.
Published June 1, 2009
Dr. Wayne Wells is an Extension Professor and Turfgrass Specialist. His mailing address is Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, Mail Stop 9555, Mississippi State, MS 39762. firstname.lastname@example.org