How to Get Rid of Fire Ants Fast Using Home Remedies
Fire ants are everywhere in the southern United States. They’re tenacious, and are known to out-compete many native species. They can also cause potentially dangerous allergic reactions in people sensitive to their bites, or who are bitten by many ants at once. Here are our top suggestions on getting rid of fire ants using natural home remedies.
1. Apply Orange Oil and Dish Soap
The compound that gives oranges their scent, d-limonene, can also kill the fire ants by suffocating them. Dish soap also has a similar effect. You can make a deadly fire ant-killing concoction by mixing both compounds with water. Drench the fire ant mounds with the mixture early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the fire ants are most likely to be at home.
2. Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth sucks water out of insects and damages their exoskeletons, quickly killing them via dehydration and water pressure dysregulation. It can be sprinkled around the perimeter of your house, particularly near doorways where ants could get in, to keep ants and other pests out. You can also apply it in your yard. One downside to diatomaceous earth is that it’s difficult to use it to kill a fire ant colony’s queen, which is essential if you want to get rid of the colony completely.
3. Counter with Natural Pest Control
Fire ants are prey for a variety of different native animals, including both invertebrates and vertebrates. These organisms can work as biological control agents to suppress fire ant populations. You can also try to encourage native ants to the yard so that the ants compete against one another for resources.