Fight Fire Ants Organically

Posted on 05/05/16 by Simply Organic Turf Care

Some insects can be beneficial to your organic lawn and garden, but fire ants don’t fall in that category. Anthills in your organic lawn can be cause for alarm for any Atlanta homeowner. Not only are the mounds unsightly, but also fire ants pose serious risk to your family. The last thing you want is for your child or pet to be attacked by a colony of fire ants. To play it safe, there are natural options for effectively treating anthills without chemicals.

Fire Ant 101:

  • They’re common in Atlanta lawns which isn’t a surprise since they inhabit the southern United States.
  • Fire ants can be either red or black and average about ¼ inch long.
  • They build their nests in the ground that appear as large mounds. These mounds are often seen in lawns, gardens, parks and playgrounds and may contain over 100,000 ants depending on how many queens are present.
  • They prefer moderate temperatures so are most active in the spring and fall.
  • Fire ants are aggressive as they protect their mounds. They will attack in large numbers if disturbed and are infamous for their painful sting.
  • While average fire ant sting symptoms tend to be milder, some people experience allergic reactions to fire ants that could demand medical attention, or in rare cases lead to death. 

Organic Fire Ant Treatment

  • Diatomaceous Earth can be used to eliminate the threat of fire ants in your lawn. Simply Organic offers a one-time treatment that eradicates anthills in your lawn for the growing season. The treatment is safe and 100% organic.
  • Diatomaceous Earth is a white powdery substance that is completely natural. It’s formed from the fossilized marine phytoplankton.
  • Diatomaceous Earth is unlike pesticides that are effective by chemical reaction. Instead, DE uses a mechanical reaction to kill pests by dehydrating them. This both kills the ants infesting your lawn and also prevents future outbreaks. 

If anthills are taking over your lawn, we’re happy to offer fire ant control to supplement your organic lawn care regimen. Don’t delay in treating these pests. Make your yard safe for the whole family to enjoy and rid your grass of fire ants this year.