How to guarantee your fire ant control this fall

By Lane Tredway, Ph.D., technical services manager for Syngenta

Fire ant activity often peaks in the late summer and fall, when soil temperature and moisture are more moderate and conducive to their activity on the surface. This is also an ideal time for many outdoor activities, increasing the risk of painful, dangerous fire ant stings. Whether you need a preventive management program or rapid control of existing fire ant mounds, Advion® fire ant bait is a very effective option. 

Extraordinary speed to control existing mounds

With traditional fire ant baits, you have to choose between fast activity (with the probability that colonies will re-emerge) or complete colony control that could take weeks to kick in. Advion fire ant bait provides both rapid activity and complete colony control to ensure lasting results.

Advion fire ant bait controls foraging worker ants within 12-48 hours and can provide total colony control within 72 hours. With either a broadcast application (1.5 lb./A) or individual mound treatments (4 tbsp./mound), no other fire ant bait on the market compares to the speed of control with Advion fire ant bait. 

David Sullivan, owner of Roach Coach, Inc. in Perry, Florida chose Advion fire ant bait when he needed to control fire ants in a few days to prepare for a festival. In Sullivan’s case, the festival grounds were clear from fire ants within 48 hours and provided a comfortable environment for the attendees.

“With the way you spread Advion fire ant bait, the ants do all the work,” Sullivan explains. “They forage and take it back to wherever their hidden nest may be. With other products I’ve used, if you miss a mound, you still have ants.”

Season-long prevention with two applications

If you planned for season-long control of fire ants through the Advion Fire Ant Bait Guarantee Program, remember that a second application at 1.5 lb./A is recommended in early- to mid-September for most areas. This is a great way to take advantage of the exceptional speed and unbeatable results of Advion fire ant bait.

These time lapse images show just how fast Advion fire ant bait can provide fire ant control. In just 72 hours, Advion fire ant bait achieved full colony control. Photos courtesy of Charles Barr, Barr Research and Consulting, College Station, TX.

For more information about effective fire ant control, contact your local Syngenta territory manager.

Always consult the product label for complete use and application information.

All photos are either the property of Syngenta or are used with permission.

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