Originally Posted By: rstephens
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Hi William I did some research on your problem I don’t have to deal with fire ant’s in WV. Here is what I found and species identification is very important as to the control methods.
There are 3 general subspecies of fire ants that would live in your area.
1. The Southern fire ant- The abdomen (butt end) is brown to black and usually the head and part of the thorax(center section) are yellow or reddish in color. They usually occur in loose soil, although they may also nest in woodwork or masonry of houses they like most types of fire ants feed on protein based foods meats fats etc..
2 The fire ant- They are highly variable in color and according to what I read they are hard to distinguish from the above ant.
3 Red imported fire ant- This is the real aggressive ant that you hear about on the news all the time. They typically nest in the soil. Workers are a dark reddish brown in color and may be found in tow basic sizes, called major and minor workers, which are 1/15 to 1/4 inch long. They may have one queen or many queens and their colonies can have up to 500,000 workers. This species will nest inside homes especially in the winter under bathtubs that have access to the soil via bath trap if it is a slab home, next to hot water heaters or near other sources of warmth.
All that said how big are the ants? It is not real common for fire ants to nest inside a home unless the conditions are right (like most ant species)
You need to find out if there is a source of moisture and also that it indeed is fire ants there are a lot of ant species that look like fire ants.
DO NOT----spray them with a liquid chemical one you can get shocked and two you may even spread the colony making control harder. There are many over the counter baits you can buy and use for fire ants. I recommend using two types of baits 1 for sweet loving ants(most baits say what ants they control) and 1 for protein loving ants.
If it is the red imported fire ant I recommend calling a professional pest control operator as you can have a serious health risk to you and your family. I have seen the ants when I vacation in the south and well you know how easily agitated they are, and very aggressive
If you can get a bit of pesticide dust such as SEVEN around where they forage that may help they will track it inside the nest and help to kill them