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Hi, I'm Michael Piacenza with Advantage Pest Control and I was posed with the question, how do I kill fire ants with a natural remedy? Well, that's a good question. And there is a bunch of misinformation out on the web. I mean, you know, I read some stuff out there trying to kill 'em with a Popsicle that has Nutrasweet in it. And how about the one with boiling water and putting soap in it, and you know, these things. Look you may knock down a few ants but you're not going to take care of the situation, okay. The best way to get it is to get them feeding on something that's going to kill them off and there are plenty of safe solutions there, okay. Boric acid is one of the very best. Boric acid is extremely safe. It's not toxic to the environment, alright. And what happens is they take it back and they feed it to the larvae, because the larvae is the food factory for the entire colony, okay. The larvae digests the food and they give off a byproduct that is consumed by the queen and the workers, alright, well this is great. You're going to kill off the queen, there's the future generations. You're going to kill off the larvae, that's the next generation. And you're killing off the food factory for all the workers, alright? What can be better than that, using a nice safe product, okay. Now there's some other stuff that you can use, alright. I like to use a combination of things. I use the boric acid baits, get them feeding on that. And then I put down a dust. A dust from like EcoSmart is very, very good. It's all botanically based and they'll be walking through that. And as they walk through that dust they groom themselves and they ingest it, and that's going to kill off the workers. So, that's going to speed the process up. Okay, so; one thing you don't want to do is you don't want to disturb that mound. Pouring boiling water on it or something like that is going to disturb them. They're nocturnal, alright; you're only going to see them if the mound gets disturbed during the day. So the best time to go after them is right before sunset. Alright, get out there and dust before sunset, get your baits out there and let it work overnight, alright. So, be very, very careful if you have allergies to fire ants, that can kill you. So be very careful and cognizant of where you are standing as you're doing your treatment, alright. Well, I hope this has been helpful, I'm Michael Piacenza with Advantage Pest Control, and you can learn more about us at