Ortho helps homeowners keep out common pests, like fire ants, that infest gardens, parks, yards, playgrounds and pastures throughout the southern US.

“Spring rains and warmer weather are encouraging fire ant mounds to show up and they can wreak havoc on your yard – especially when heavy rains like those in Texas lead to flooding,” said lawn and garden expert Ashton Ritchie. “For me, the 2-Step Method from Ortho does the trick – the benefit from this approach allows me to feel comfortable enjoying my outdoor space with friends and family.”

Fire ant colonies build large nests in the ground, which can lead to visible mounds reaching one to two feet in height above ground. Fire ants typically are found in lawns and gardens, but occasionally, they can migrate into a home, driven by heavy rain or drought.

How to Treat Fire Ants

Step One – Treat the Mound:

Treat visible mounds with a granular product or a dust, such as Ortho(R) Orthene(R) Fire Ant Killer. This product is designed to kill the queen and entire colony.

Step Two – Protect the Ground:

Not all fire ant mounds are easily seen. Many remain hidden down in the grass. Fire ants also forage the yard for food and new nesting sites. Using a broadcast product like Ortho(R) MAX(R) Fire Ant Killer Broadcast Granules will protect your lawn by killing foraging fire ants and controlling new fire ant mounds from forming for up to six months.