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Fire Ant

Fire ants can be distinguished from other ants by their copper brown head and body with a darker abdomen. The worker ants are blackish to reddish, and their size varies from 2 mm to 6 mm (0.12 in to 0.24 in). These different sizes of the ants can all exist in the same nest.

A typical fire ant colony produces large mounds in open areas, and feeds mostly on young plants, seeds, and sometimes crickets. Fire ants often attack small animals and can kill them. Unlike many other ants, which bite and then spray acid on the wound, fire ants only bite to get a grip and then sting (from the abdomen) and inject a toxic alkaloid venom. For humans, this is a painful sting, a sensation similar to what one feels when burned by fire. The aftereffects of the sting can be deadly to sensitive individuals. Fire ants nest in the soil, often near moist areas, such as river banks, pond edges, watered lawns and highway edges.

Usually the nest will not be visible as it will be built under objects such as timber, logs, rocks, pavers, bricks, etc. If there is no cover for nesting, dome-shaped mounds will be constructed, but this is usually only found in open spaces such as fields, parks and lawns. These mounds can reach heights of 40 cm (15.7 in). Colonies are maintained by small groups of queens or single queens. Even if only one queen survives, within a month or so the colony can expand to thousands of individuals. Some colonies may be polygynous (having multiple queens per nest). It has been observed that a colony can have over 100 queens. The USDA estimates that fire ants cause nearly $6 billion of damage annually in the United States.

Fire Ant Control Products

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Extinguish® Plus Fire Ant Bait

Extinguish® Plus Fire Ant Bait combines the killing speed of an adulticide (Hydramethylnon) and the long-lasting control of an insect growth regulator (IGR) (S-methoprene). The IGR sterilizes the queen and prevents rebound, while the adulticide kills problem worker ants. This two-way action helps ensure complete control of fire ants. Extinguish® Plus Fire Ant Bait starts killing ants immediately after ingestion. It is available in 1 lb, 4.5lb or 25 lb containers and can be used as a broadcast application or to treat individual mounds. Available in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, FL, GA, HI, KS, KY, LA, MS, MO, NV, NM, NY, NC, OK, PR, SC, TN, TX, VA.

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Extinguish® Professional Fire Ant Bait

Extinguish® Professional Fire Ant Bait helps eliminate problem fire ant colonies with its active ingredient, the insect growth regulator (IGR) S-methoprene, affecting a fire ant queen's reproductive abilities. As existing workers die naturally, they are not replaced by a new generation. The queen eventually starves to death and the entire colony is eliminated. Extinguish® Professional Fire Ant Bait is available in 2.5 lb and 25 lb containers and can be used in many locations. Approved for citrus groves, almond groves, pastures, fruit and nut tree groves and any type of land where crops are grown as well as where cattle and horses graze. Extinguish® Professional Fire Ant Bait stops young colonies from developing into problem colonies and eliminates mound movement. Available in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, FL, GA, HI, KS, KY, LA, MS, MO, NV, NM, NY, NC, OK, PR, SC, TN, TX, VA.

 
 
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Cockroach

There are several varieties of cockroaches out there, and they will infest any place they can find consistent warmth, food and water. These roaches hide out in the cracks, crevices and other dark places around your property during the day and come out at night to feed. Adulticides alone are usually not enough to control cockroach populations. Baits can help, but they can also repel. You must integrate several strategies, including the consistent use of an insect growth regulator (IGR) to control roaches on your property.

 
 
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Tick

Ticks are parasitic members of the arachnid family. The adults have three pairs of legs and one pair of antenna. They are an efficient transmitter of disease because of the long duration of their feeding process. Ticks can take several days to complete a feeding cycle and may go unnoticed because of their ability to attach firmly to their hosts. Ticks wait to invade their hosts in tall grasses or shrubbery. They attach themselves as the host brushes against the tick's perch. They are not capable of flying or jumping – only crawling.

Tick Control Products

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Prolate/Lintox-HD™ Insecticidal Spray & Backrubber

Diluted and used as a spray or in a backrubber, the powerful active ingredient in Prolate/Lintox-HD™ Insecticidal Spray & Backrubber kills a variety of insects on contact. Prolate/Lintox-HD™ Insecticidal Spray & Backrubber can be used for treatment of horn flies on non-lactating cattle or for lice and sarcoptic mange mites on swine. It also kills ticks.

 
 
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Lice

Cattle lice come in several different biting and sucking species. Each is identified by unique coloration and and body type. Unlike most insects, cattle lice are cool weather pests. Infestations usually start in the fall and can build throughout the winter. If left untreated their populations can grow significantly causing animal distress if left unchecked.

Lice Control Products

Product Photo: Prolate/Lintox-HD™ Insecticidal Spray & Backrubber

Prolate/Lintox-HD™ Insecticidal Spray & Backrubber

Diluted and used as a spray or in a backrubber, the powerful active ingredient in Prolate/Lintox-HD™ Insecticidal Spray & Backrubber kills a variety of insects on contact. Prolate/Lintox-HD™ Insecticidal Spray & Backrubber can be used for treatment of horn flies on non-lactating cattle or for lice and sarcoptic mange mites on swine. It also kills ticks.