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Fighting Back Against Fire Ants


Denison, TX -- With rain comes ants, fire ants in our area. They can be quite the nuisance for homeowners and landowners. Deeda Payton spoke to a local nursery about what you can do to get rid of the mounds in your yard.

They call it the "Texas Two-Step," two steps that have been proven to kill fire ants and prevent them from building mounds. It's a simple process that requires bait and a mound drench.

If you live in Texoma, you are probably all too familiar with the mounds created by colonies of fire ants. These insects are known for their powerful fire-like stings and are even capable of killing small animals. They are also a nuisance to homeowners because they often burrow in electrical wiring.

This time of year, fire ants seem to be everywhere trying to stay dry in all the rain we have been getting.

Twin Oaks Nursery in Denison has some solutions for those suffering with an ant problem. They suggest bait and a mound drench. "You want to apply the bait late afternoon, early evening while the fire ants are most active. Then let that sit a while, then you need to put a mound drench on each individual mound."

Both the bait and mound drench come in both chemical and organic forms. The whole two-step process can be completed for about 25 to 30-dollars.

Mounds should be treated before the weather turns cold and the fire ants burrow deep underground for the winter.

If you do get stung by a fire ant, you can use a topical steroid cream or hydrocortisone or one containing aloe vera.  Plain toothpaste can also relieve irritation.

Deeda Payton, KTEN News.