I have probably over 100 anthills in my yard. Some are huge (2-3')
across and low but most are about 2-4" across and 1-2" high. The ants
I've seen are small and redish. But when I lay down in the grass for
a few minutes I have several large black ones on me. This is starting
to get annoying and the large ones are making bare patches in the
lawn. What can I do. That seems to be a lot of chemicals to throw
down (dog and kids) but I have to do something. What do you suggest?
The anthills you describe sound like fire ants. Fire ants are generally
found only in the south, so if you live up north you probably have something
else. If you live down south, it's fairly easy to identify fire ants. Just
rake your shoe across their mound. If after just a second or two millions
of them swarm all around the mound, you probably have fire ants. Control is
pretty easy because their is a number of products which work very well which
can be watered into the mound and not affect pets.
The key is to identify the type of ants you have, then you can design a
control for them. Many ant types respond well to various baits and they
make bait stations which are designed for outdoors which are very pet
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