What Are Fire Ants?
Fire ants are dangerous, especially to small children and pets. Their vicious stings are painful and may lead to infection. Fire ants make their home in turfgrass environments--parks, playgrounds, golf courses, pastures and lawns like yours. All grass areas are susceptible to invasion by fire ants, regardless of grass species. In addition to being harmful to people and pets, fire ants damage your lawn. Their unsightly mounds smother grass, make mowing difficult, and chip mower blades. Their underground galleries or tunnels disturb roots, dry the soil and cause the grass to thin out.
Controlling Fire Ants
Fire ants are also very hard to control. It may take several applications to bring these pests under control. Homeowners and pets will need to stay off the lawn after each application until lawn is dry. Fire ant problems only get worse if they're not stopped. Given the difficulty of stopping fire ants, give serious consideration to bringing in a lawn care professional.