Texans in The Brazos Valley and the rest of the state have tried burning, drowning, smashing, poisoning and more to kill fire ants but they always seem to come back! After The University of Texas has put 20 years of research into this particular problem and they have now reached a solution! Phorid flies may not be what you were thinking but suprisingly enough that is the solution. Phorid flies lay eggs in the ants body. The egg hatches and larva moves into the ants head. This eventually kills the ants. Phorid flies aggravate ants and throw their regular behavior off.
Ants cause many problems for Texans. Some the problems are that they are known to make attacks on livestock occasionally, they can produce life-threatening allergic reactions in people, they mess up lawns, they reduce native insent populations and interfere with pollination. They also build mounds that can damage mowing, shredding and baling equipment. Fire ants cost Texans roughly $1.2 billion a year, which includes the damage they cause and the cost of our efforts to fight them.
So what are some ideas besides phorid flies that work in fighting these ants? Some solutions include Amdro Ant Bait works, boiling water works, club soda does not work, grits do not work, orange oil works. Although these are some solutions phorid flies have been very effective and are working towards our fight with fire ants!
Fire ants is something that The Brazos Valley struggles with but hopefully with these helpful tips you can fight this problem!