LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Mounds of fire ants are creating problems throughout Little Rock. Although temperatures are dropping, exterminators say they're still receiving calls about the growing issue.
An unusual October is leading to huge mounds of fire ants across the city. Ronnie Grice with the Arkansas Pest Control Service said that's causing an uptick in calls for his help.
“It’s extremely dry, extremely warm because of environmental reasons," Grice said. "Normally we’ve already had a frost by now.”
He said that fire ants during cooler temperatures usually aren't producing, manufacturing, or repopulating with the queen. But lately, temperatures have been in the mid-80's which is perfect for ants.
"What a lot of people don't know is that fire ants dig tunnels, escape tunnels, and what they do is they grab that queen and relocate the queen," Grice explained.
Grice said you shouldn’t disturb the mound by kicking or stomping it because you may cause them to spread and create more mounds throughout your lawn. He recommends a non-repellant chemical like deltamethrin or something similar.
"What a lot of people don't know is that the queen mound can live anywhere from five to seven years," Grice explained. "So imagine the amount of ants that can be produced."
With cooler temperatures, the fire ants should stay underground and people won't have to worry about that stinging bite.