Sustainable Fire Ant Control

Sustainable Fire Ant Control

We’ve already discussed how to get rid of ants in your home — but what about fire ants? Fire ants, also known as imported fire ants, are a common problem in Georgia, especially in summer. These invasive pests can cause painful stings, damage crops and property, and even threaten native wildlife.

How to Identify Fire Ants

Fire ants are common in Georgia. They can be identified by their reddish-brown color. They are also known for their aggressive behavior. Here are some more specific characteristics that can help you identify fire ants:

    • Color: Fire ants are usually reddish-brown in color, although the shade can vary from light to dark.
    • Size: Fire ants are small, ranging in size from 1/16 to 1/4 inch long.
    • Head: Fire ants have a distinctive head shape that is wider than their body, with large, powerful jaws.
    • Body: Fire ants have a segmented body, with three distinct parts: head, thorax, and abdomen.
    • Behavior: Fire ants are known for their aggressive behavior and painful sting. They are often seen swarming and attacking anything that disturbs their colony.

Sustainable Pest Control

While many chemical solutions are available for fire ant control, they can have negative environmental impacts and may not be the most sustainable option. Let’s explore some natural fire ant control methods!


Preventing fire ants from establishing a colony in your yard is the best way to control their population. You can start by inspecting your yard for any potential nesting sites, such as piles of organic matter or hollow tree trunks.

Keep your yard free of debris, such as fallen leaves and twigs, to help deter fire ants from nesting. It is also important to keep your lawn well-maintained, as fire ants are more likely to establish colonies in unkempt grass.

Biological Control

Biological control methods involve using natural predators or pathogens to control the population of fire ants. One option is to introduce a natural predator, such as a phorid fly or a nematode, into your yard. These predators will attack and kill fire ants without harming other wildlife or the environment. Be aware that biological control methods may take longer to show results and may be less effective than chemical methods.

Boiling Water

Boiling water is a simple and effective method for controlling fire ant populations in small areas. You only need a large pot of boiling water and a spout to pour it on the fire ant nest. Pour the boiling water directly onto the nest, being careful not to spill it onto any plants or other living organisms in the area. This method is especially effective for killing fire ants in their underground nests.

Organic Pesticides

There are multiple organic fire ant control methods, including organic pesticides. Use these solutions to control fire ants without harming the environment. One option is diatomaceous earth, made from small aquatic organisms’ fossilized remains.

When sprinkled on a fire ant nest, diatomaceous earth will dehydrate and kill the ants without harming other wildlife or the environment. Another option is orange oil, which is extracted from orange peels and acts as a natural insecticide. Both of these options are safe, effective, and sustainable.

Cultural Control

Cultural control methods involve changing the way you manage your yard to make it less hospitable to fire ants. For example, you can create a barrier around your yard using gravel or other materials to prevent fire ants from entering. You can also use companion planting, which involves planting certain plants that repel fire ants or attract their natural predators. Some examples of companion plants include mint, rosemary, and marigolds.

Professional Ant Control and Prevention in Georgia

Ant infestations are more challenging to eliminate once they take hold in your home. Whether you use a natural remedy, store-bought products, or the pest treatment pros at Bug House to eliminate ants, you must implement prevention methods to avoid future infestations. 

Home pest prevention entails the same practices discussed above, like regular lawn care and maintenance. Other ways to keep bugs out of your home include scheduling regular pest prevention services and managing excess moisture.

Bug House Has Your Back

When you search for a reliable team to manage pests in and around your home, call the experts at Bug House. Our pest control specialists are always ready to resolve your bug problems and help you kickstart an effective, long-term solution for your home.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We proudly serve Bug House customers throughout Georgia in Augusta, Carrollton, Columbus, Dublin, Eastman, Forsyth, Lake Oconee, Macon, Madison, McDonough, Milledgeville, Monroe, Sandersville, Savannah, St. Simons, Warner Robins, and Watkinsville.