Fire ants are perhaps the most hated ant variety, due to their aggressiveness and painful sting. They aren’t just a minor annoyance; they are a legitimate threat to people with venom allergies. In fact, even without the presence of allergies, a small child with several bites can still respond severely enough to warrant hospitalization.
And humans aren’t the only victims. House pets, yard fowl, livestock, and even ground-nesting birds are all prone to the damage these tiny demons can deal out. Unlike other common garden bugs, there is truly no such thing as “a few harmless fire ants.”
The small dirt mounds, often swarming with their tiny bright red bodies, often crop up just after a rainstorm. Steer very clear, and try to keep children and animals away to the best of your ability. Wear sturdy shoes if you need to get close enough to inspect the mound for positive identification.
While there are multiple store-bought remedies, full eradication is best left to a lawn care professional. Lots of home remedies are easily available online, but very few of them have shown efficacy in killing the queen. Just like pulling a weed out by the roots, you have to get rid of the origin in order to completely rid your yard of fire ants.
Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks can make your pets miserable, and can be a true challenge to get rid of if your yard has become infested. Humans are also prone to ticks, and even to flea bites if they’re hungry enough.
Additionally, these bloodthirsty menaces can carry seriously dangerous diseases. Complete eradication is the only way to keep everyone safe and avoid having the infestation spread into your home.
Fleas and ticks enjoy dense clumps of foliage, such as dead leaves and hay. Keeping your yard clean is a great way to avoid giving them an opportunity to propagate. But if you’ve realized you are already facing a growing infestation, you need to call in a professional to ensure a thorough and effective elimination.
A few leftover eggs can restart the entire cycle, just when you thought relief was in sight. This is why Ryno Lawn Care encourages you to call on the experts for a professional pesticide treatment. If it’s done right, it only needs to be done once.