Fire Ants Unfazed by the Wind


Even though fire ants are typically active when average temperatures are in the 70s, this video from October 18, 2017 shows fire ants foraging on a hot dog when the air temperature was 56°F. The rest of this week is looking warm, so expect to see fire ants to continue to be active, especially if overnight rain occurs. It’s not too late to treat if an application is necessary. Broadcast insecticide applications will work but products may need adequate moisture (0.25 inch irrigation minimum) for activation. Individual mound treatments also work well but can be labor-intensive depending on how many mounds are present. Baits can also be effective but be sure to place when rainfall will not occur for at least 48 hours, as water will turn the bait attractant rancid.