Fire ants are one of the most unique families in the ant kingdom. They are known as the most aggressive, and they are not afraid to invade any kind of human habitat. From afar they might not look that harmful, despite having quite large jaws. They are just ants you might say but they aren’t just aggressive towards other living creatures, they have an extremely hard work ethic. Fire ants can build their colony much quicker than other ants can. For one thing they’re stronger and they have it in their nature to go out in groups to forage and scout out new potential places where they could invade. If they’re in your home, simply stamping on them and hoping they won’t came back is not that effective. In fact this could set off alarms in their colony and the reaction could be to be even more aggressive.
A touch of cayenne
If you want a quick solution to a fire ant colony outside in your garden, look no further than the spice cabinet in your kitchen. First you need to get yourself a large jar. Put around four to six cayenne peppers inside. Make sure they are whole but have been sliced lengthways to allow the inside to be more effective. Then boil up some water and put just a pinch of salt in the pan. Once the water has reached a boil, then put the water into the jar. Allow the cayenne peppers to release their spice over a 24 hour period. Then take the jar to the colony and pour it inside. Not only will the ants that are at home drown but the cayenne will make it toxic for any ants who return to the colony. Any survivors will have to abandon their colony and move on somewhere else.
Inside the crevices
The worst thing about fire ants is, they have incredibly strong jaws that can actually rip up cheap wood. Plywood walls and skirting boards are easy victims for these little red beasts. So if they do manage to penetrate into your home, they will have already dug away their own tunnels. This could be all around the home, so there’s no way of knowing how far they have invaded. That is of course unless you contact pest control who knows how to deal with fire ants specifically. Remember normal garden ants and fire ants have different behaviors and personalities, so knowing how to deter them should be left up to the professional. The team will come and assess the situation, give you some tips on how to control or detain the ants, but they will help and have the overriding solution of getting rid of them.
The crumble of salt
Ants of all kinds don’t like walking over powder. However they especially don’t like treading over salt which is acidic to them. Sprinkle some salt around your home and around ant holes to prevent them spreading around your rooms where they show themselves.
Fire ants are very aggressive. They don’t think twice about invading your home. They are quite resilient but some cayenne water can truly render their colonies uninhabitable.