The red ant, often more commonly known as the fire ant or red fire ant, is considered to be one of the peskiest insects in the world. Not only does it inflict extremely painful stings to humans, it also can cause very severe allergic reactions among some people that can, in some cases, prove fatal. In general, a red ant infestation in a home is both irritating and also very dangerous. Therefore, it is imperative that you know how to get rid of red fire ants in the event that your home proves to be a breeding ground for the horrible little creatures.
Your first step should be to carefully explore and discover the area or areas in which the red fire ants in your home are congregating, as this is essentially their, "Home base." When the area has been found, find a way to fence it off to prevent the ants from moving past their ground, and to prevent you and your family members from mistakenly going near the area and getting stung. In most cases, a simple barrier of strong cardboard or wood will work just fine. Your only goal is to keep the ants where they are to prevent them from spreading all across your home or property.
The next step is to think about whether the infestation is small enough to handle on your own. It needs to be understood that fire ants are extremely dangerous and irritable, and they will inflict their painful sting on you if they feel threatened in any way. Therefore, if the infestation is truly small and can carefully be handled, then try going for it on your own. However, it is highly recommended that your hire a pest control company to do the job for you.
If you decide to take on the task on your own, try purchasing an environmentally friendly insect killer. Most of these products can easily be found in any home improvement or general store, and some are actually labeled as having the specific purpose of killing red fire ants. Once you have found the right one, spray it thoroughly all over the home base of the ants. Do this extremely carefully, as it will instantly irritate the ants and they will become very aggressive and defensive.
If the infestation still persists after this attempt, try it one more time. If it fails yet again, then it may be a good idea to look up other simple home remedies to eradicate ants. There are plenty of highly effective tips and ideas all over the web, and you are almost bound to find one that works for you.
Finally, if you have exhausted all your options and the pesky ants simply won't die, try using grit. All you have to do is drop a whole lot of grits all over and around the home base of the ants. After the ants eat the grits, the grits will expand in their stomachs, essentially causing them to explode. This method may be messy, but it is very effective.
All in all, if you find yourself stuck in a situation with an influx of red fire ants, any of these methods will prove effective in quickly killing them off.