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Controlling Fire Ants with Extinguish® Plus

Fire ants pose a significant threat to commercial operations. In addition to their aggressive nature and painful stings, fire ants also build large and intricate nests, putting employees, patrons, livestock, and other small animals at risk. Fire ants can even damage electrical equipment and infrastructure.

To help protect against fire ants, implementing a proactive treatment protocol with a proven product like Extinguish® Plus is vital. Extinguish® Plus is effective when used to help control imported and native fire ants (protein feeding), harvester ants, big-headed ants and Argentine ants. Read on to discover where and how to apply Extinguish® Plus.

Where to Apply Extinguish® Plus

Extinguish® Plus can cover more than just ground – it’s actually approved for both indoor and outdoor use. It can be applied around saplings and non-bearing trees, it’s approved for use on residential turf, landscapes, and commercial nurseries, and it’s even approved for use where cattle and horses graze.

How to Apply Extinguish® Plus

Extinguish® Plus can be applied to individual fire ant mounds, broadcasted, or even applied aerially.

When applying to individual mounds, the labeled rate is 2-5 tablespoons of product distributed uniformly around the mound. Be cautious to not disturb the mound during application.

Use the labeled rate of 1.5 lbs. of Extinguish® Plus per acre when broadcasting. Depending on the size of area being treated, the bait can be applied with a hand-held seed spreader, a backpack, motorized equipment or via aircraft.

Why Choose Extinguish® Plus?

Extinguish® Plus is designed to give these dangerous fire ants a one-two punch that cuts off nuisance colonies at the source. It combines the killing action of an adulticide with the long-lasting control of an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR), which prevents the queens from laying fertile eggs. Let’s take a closer look at how the Extinguish® Plus combination works:

  1. Worker ants die off from exposure to the adulticide, Hydramethylnon, and can no longer provide food to the queen.
  2. The IGR, (S)-methoprene, impacts the queen ant’s reproductive ability. A new generation can’t replace the worker ants that have died off.
  3. With no worker ants to provide food, the queen eventually starves to death and the entire colony is eradicated.

The overall result is long-lasting control – especially when Extinguish® Plus is applied regularly as part of a treatment protocol. (Read our blog on applying intentionally to get ahead of fire ants here.)

Extinguish® Plus is a proven solution that destroys both visible and hidden fire ant colonies. It is also USDA Quarantine Approved. There’s no better choice to protect operations from nuisance fire ants.

Download our recent webinar for more information about how Extinguish® Plus can put out fire ant infestations on your operation.