Fire Ant Control
Fire ants can’t be eliminated entirely because it’s not possible to treat all areas that are infested. Thus the goal of current integrated pest management programs is to suppress fire ants as much as possible with natural control insecticides that are earth friendly.
There may not be one “best” method for fire ant control, especially in large areas. The objective should be to find the method or methods that are cost effective and environmentally sound.
Red imported fire ants were first discovered in South Carolina in the 1960's in ornamental nursery plants near Seneca, South Carolina. These initial introductions were eradicated by entomologists at Clemson University. Later, fire ants were found to be established in the Charleston area and have continued to spread throughout the state. Fire ants are now found in all counties throughout South Caroilina.