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Controlling An Indoor Fire Ant Infestation

  • Posted on March 5, 2017 at 8:28 pm

Not only do homeowners want ants out of their yards, we most certainly do not want them IN our homes. One of the most dangerous ants to have invading your home is the Red Imported Fire Ant. When dealing with a fire ant infestation indoors, it is important to utilize all methods of control and be safe about chemical applications.
If we first focus on prevention, by removing food sources that attract them, perhaps we can avoid fire ants in our home all together. But, if you have already crossed that threshold and are seeing tell tale signs of fire ants in your home, such as sawdust type debris gathering around expansion joints near the edges of carpeting, it may be time to take action.
Fire ants maybe just moving indoors from a nearby outdoor mound, but that doesnt make your two year old any safer. So, you must quickly do what needs to be done to limit the possibility of unwanted stings for your family. There are insecticides labeled specifically for indoor use. You must find the safest chemical option, read labels or visit the NC Agricultural Chemicals Manual to review available rated chemical for ant control. insecticides are good choices for indoor use. You may see other names such as , cyfluthrin, bifenthrin on the labels as well. These are all pyrethroid insecticides and are rated for indoor use. Baits are better left alone as a , because the last thing that you want to have happen is MORE fire ants searching for food in your home.
If you are having trouble identifying if your ant pest is truly a Red Imported Fire Ant use this publication to help you.
More than likely you will need to control the outdoor population of fire ants to maintain adequate control of them indoors. Review our other articles regarding outdoor fire ant control.
Tips for avoiding medical emergencies and treating ant stings:
Teach children and visitors about fire ants and their hazard
Wear protective clothing during outdoor activities.
Wear shoes or boots and/or tuck pant legs into socks.
Be prepared for an emergency by consulting with your doctor.
If stung, treat with an approved insect bite remedy that deadens pain and provides protection against secondary infection, such as Sting-KillExternal Anesthetic containing benzocaine.
Persons reacting severely to fire ant stings should see a physician immediately.
Persons who are hypersensitive should see an allergist for treatment if it is possible they may
come in contact with fire ants.

Pros And Cons Of Using A Solar Outdoor Chandelier

  • Posted on March 5, 2017 at 9:27 am

If you have a gazebo or covered patio, one great way of not only providing light to the area, but also of add a touch of style and class is to install an outdoor chandelier. These lights will work on nearly any area where you are able to hang them, but the biggest problem you may run into is actually powering the lights. One popular solution is to use a solar powered fixture, but is it for you?

The major benefit to using a solar powered chandelier is that it is easy to install and takes no money to run. With chandeliers that run on electricity, you need to have an outlet nearby or some other source of power for the lights to run. In most homes, the outdoor gazebos where you might want to install the chandelier arent usually connected to the rest of the home. Even worse, sometimes you might have to hard wire the chandelier into the ceiling, which takes more time and experience with electrical wiring than most people have.

But, by installing a solar powered chandelier, you bypass all of these problems because the fixture creates and consumes its own energy. The solar panel on the top collects energy during the day and then batteries in the fixture release it at night. Not only will you not have to run any wires, but you will save on your electrical bills as well.

However, this is not to say that solar powered chandeliers arent without their downsides. They tend to be a little less bright than electric ones, which can leave you without the light that you need at night. The solar panels also need to be placed in the direct sunlight if you want them to be completely charged. This means that you can place them in areas that might have shade, like trees or other roofs nearby. ON top of this, you still might get stuck with a light fixture that doesnt work when it clouds over or rains for a few days, preventing the solar cells from actually charging up to their fullest extent possible.