While most ants are just a nuisance, one kind of ant in the South known as the red fire ants are a very aggressive ant, whose sting can cause reactions ranging from mild irritation to nausea, or even something worse.
Fire ants generally swarm and become aggressive when their mounds are disturbed and will sting and bite the invader repeatedly.
Red fire ants can also cause damages to buildings and other structures since the mounds which they build can sometimes block, or corrode some kinds of structures, say an air conditioning unit, for example.
Little red ants are known as leaf cutter ants typically invade a vegetable garden by the thousands, and, while not as aggressive as fire ants, they can do away with your plants in no time.
The Florida carpenter ant, a red and black flying ant is very common, and like termites, they prefer decaying wood in order to make their nests.
They usually grow to up to 1/4 of an inch long, and they produce winged adults once a year to swarm and find new habitats.
There a quite a lot of methods you can employ to be rid of ants, and the best choices start with organic ant control.
A good way to kill ants is to drown them with boiling water, approximately three gallons of it for each mound. In order to repel any remaining survivors, blend citrus peels and water in a blender and pour it on the mound directly or on places frequented by ants.
Other effective and simple ant control methods include mixing sugar and borax and leaving them at strategic places all around your garden or yard.
The ants will become attracted by the sugar and they will bring it to their colony, where the borax will poison them in a day or two.
Another technique is to leave a trail of instant grits or cream of wheat, which will expand from within the ants once consumed, killing them indefinitely.
Another good method of ant control is to plant mint. Mint acts as a natural deterrent towards ants and some other insect pests, however, mint tends to be a very invasive plant.
If you do not want to risk a garden being overrun with a mind, brew a very strong mint tea from mint leaves and pour it directly on the mound.
If it is difficult to rid your property of the ants, then you should probably contact a pest control company and deal with it via chemical insecticides instead.
You should take note that ants are hardy creatures, and it might take more than just one application to get rid of them for good.
Don’t forget that you can always contact a professional pest control company when things get a little too out of hand.