These have proved to be one of the difficult pests to get rid of at home. The ants might take a few weeks to clear.
First, you need to understand the different types of red ants:
Fire ants- commonly known as Red Imported Fire Ants (RIFA). They are reddish-brown in colour. They create their nests by burrowing into the ground. A large mould of loose sand dirt of about 2 ft wide and 1 ft high without a clear entry point will definitely tell you about a colony of fire ants.
Carpenter ants. Larger in size than the fire ants with some reddish or orange in colour. What you will find common with the carpenter ants is that they set up colonies in wooden structures which would cause a significant damage. If you are not keen, you might mistake them for termites.
Tawny crazy ants. Known for their attraction to electrical wiring, they can cause damage to computers, sewage plants pumps and can even set off fire alarms. The name comes from their long legs that make them walk in a crazy pattern. The abdomens are also hairy. Tawny crazy ants are a natural predator of fire ants. They nest under debris on ground- compost, garbage or stumps.
Leaf cutter ants. Reddish brown in colour ants that can cause damage to trees and shrubs surrounding your house. They can strip all the leaves from a tree in a few hours. A colony of these ants could comprise of more than 1 million ants. They nest underground in undisturbed fields.
Bigheaded ants. You will mostly find these in the soil. The name comes from the fact that they have a large head as compared to the rest of the bodies. They nest under logs, stones, slab foundations and landscape timers.
How do you get rid of red ants outside your house?
Ants could take over your lawn taking away the privilege of enjoying some time outdoors. You don’t want to get bitten or stung while resting on your grass lawn. How do you get rid of ants outdoors?
Use ant treatments. One of the treatments you can use is the non-repellent treatment. What happens is that the ants will carry the liquid insecticides to their nest where they will end killing the colony. The other treatment you can use is the granular pesticides. Being solid, ants will mistake them for food and carry them to the nests where the colony is.
Use ant killer sprays made from natural ingredients. You can either spray the ants directly or when you have seen them.
Sprinkle cinnamon next to your home’s entry points. This method will not kill the red ants but will discourage them from entering. Make sure to apply the cinnamon along door & window sills and any cracks in the wall.
Use vinegar to make spray. Spray the solution of vinegar and water directly to the red ants or their entry points.
The above methods should help you get rid of red ants. However, in many cases, you will find that you might need the services of a pest control professional– either a company or an individual.