Fire ants are damaging and a significant threat to commercial operations. Here are five fire ant facts operators need to know, plus tips for how to control them.
Fire ants can take a toll on essential equipment and infrastructure, resulting in downtime and economic consequences. While fire ants are small in stature, they’re mighty in numbers. They come together to build tall, hard mounds that can cause blade snags in field machinery. They’re also a dangerous threat to electrical infrastructure, as they can chew through wires to cause short circuits and occasionally nest in metal casing.
Crops are especially vulnerable to the threat of fire ants. Fire ants feed on the buds and fruit of almonds and citrus crops, which can diminish the yield of your harvest. They also can cause problems for nurseries, turf and sod by disrupting the water and root systems that keep grass green and healthy.
Fire ants can pose potentially life-threatening risks to people and employees. Not only do their stings hurt, they are powerful enough to be fatal for humans in rare instances. Fire ants also don’t take kindly to their colonies being disrupted and can attack quickly when disturbed.
The pollinators, earthworms and livestock that keep our agricultural system healthy and flowing can fall victim to fire ant infestations. For example, fire ants can raid and devastate honey beehives by feeding on stored honey, pollen, larvae and pupae.
Fire ants don’t go down without a fight and know how to survive in adverse situations. For instance, fire ant colonies can overcome floods by linking together and forming a raft that repels water and can stay afloat for months in some instances.
Fire ants are among the most resilient creatures on earth. That’s why operators need the effective products to help eliminate fire ant infestation for good. Extinguish® Professional Fire Ant Bait and Extinguish® Plus Fire Ant Bait can do just that.
Extinguish® Professional Fire Ant Bait stops fire ants in their tracks by going straight for the queen. Featuring the insect growth regulator (S)-methoprene, Extinguish® interferes with a queen’s reproductive abilities. This prevents a new generation of fire ants from replacing worker ants that die naturally, causing the queen to starve to death.
Extinguish® Plus combines the IGR (S)-methoprene with an adulticide. The IGR sterilizes the queen to stunt reproduction, while the adulticide targets problem worker ants.
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