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Here's How to Get Rid of Fire Ants in North Carolina

Learn how to get rid of fire ants in North Carolina.When it comes to frustrating pests, fire ants are at the top of many peoples’ list. Red and black fire ants are an invasive species in North Carolina. More than just a nuisance, fire ants inflict painful bites that injure humans, pets, livestock and wildlife. Fire ant mounds are not only unsightly, they also damage lawn mowers and other equipment.


If you’re like many homeowners, you’re probably wondering how to get rid of fire ants on your North Carolina property. Here, we explore the fire ant problem in North Carolina along with ways to treat fire ants in your yard.

Fire Ants in North Carolina

Learn how to get rid of fire ants in North Carolina.Red and black imported fire ants are native to Brazil, and they build mounds almost anywhere. Because they don’t have any natural enemies, the fire ant population is spreading rapidly while causing many problems for homeowners in Raleigh and Wilmington, North Carolina.


Fire ants are prevalent in North Carolina, as they can survive in many different weather conditions, including extreme heat, floods, and droughts.


Imported fire ants vary in size from 1/16 to 1/4 inches long, and they’re either a reddish brown or black, depending on the species. Fire ants build mound-shaped nests out of soil, and the mounds are anywhere from several inches to a foot or more tall. When their nests are disrupted, they emerge aggressively to bite and sting the intruder.


In most cases, fire ant bites aren’t deadly, but they are very painful. They attack in swarms, so most of the time, you’ll experience multiple stings at once. When a fire ant bites, it injects venom into the skin causing itching, swelling and redness. A white pustule is also left at each spot where the fire ant bites.

How to Get Rid of Fire Ants in Your Yard

Learn how to get rid of fire ants in North Carolina.Fire ants can be controlled in the areas that are treated. Focus should be on complete elimination of fire ant populations. Using products incorrectly or products not labeled specifically for fire ants, will cause them to relocate to other areas of your property.


Popular types of fire ant management and control include:

  • Fire ant control materials: The use of these materials is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and they’re used by many lawn care companies when controlling fire ants.


When applying fire ant control materials to your lawn, it’s important to always follow the directions on the label. Be sure that the product is labeled for fire ants and where you intend to use it.

  • Organic fire control products: Very few fire ant control products are certified as organic. The ones that are organic are often expensive and typically need to be applied frequently in order to work effectively on your lawn.

  • Home remedies: A common home remedy involves drenching a fire ant mound with boiling water or a mixture of dishwashing soap and citrus oil. However, these along with other home remedies typically aren’t effective.


Other home remedies, such as chlorine bleach, ammonia and gasoline damage your lawn and contaminate water. Additionally, it’s illegal in most areas to use these substances to control pests as they contaminate soil and groundwater.

Our Approach to Fire Ant Management

We understand how frustrating it is to deal with fire ants around your North Carolina home, especially if you have children or pets. It’s our goal to make your property safe for you and your family.


At Weed Man, we offer a fire ant management program designed to suppress fire ants. The treatment and the timing of treatments are based on the size and scope of the problem area on your property.


At Weed Man, we provide fire ant management and other lawn care services to the Cary, NC area. Learn more about how Weed Man can help you achieve a greener and healthier lawn by requesting a free quote.


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