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April 12, 2023

A Closer Look at Fire Ants

5 Questions On Fire Ants

Fire ants pose a threat to customers and also build unsightly mounds in landscapes and lawns. Check out some of the most common FAQs about fire ant control and the newest CSI product available for fire ant management.


1. What are some of the advantages for baiting to control fire ants?

Baiting attracts foraging fire ants. As fire ants search an area for food, they pick up the bait and then take it back to the colony. Then, the bait will be shared with nest mates and spread throughout the colony – eventually killing the queen and eliminating the entire colony. Additionally, broadcast treatments of bait in an entire area ensures that ants will pick up the bait even when mounds are not visible and colonies are small, which may be missed otherwise.

2. What product does CSI have for fire ant baiting?

CSI recently launched a fire ant bait, Doxem Plus. This innovative bait will control fire ants all season long, killing the queen and entire colony. Additionally, this bait will also prevent new fire ant mounds from appearing up to three months.

3. When is individual mound treatment useful when using fire ant baits?

In addition to broadcasting, individual mound treatments may also be conducted using Doxem Plus Fire Ant Bait. Mound treatments can be beneficial when treating really small areas or to treat those few mounds that may pop up between treatments.

4. When should you apply Doxem Plus Fire Ant Bait?

For broadcast applications, it’s best to apply the bait in early to late spring when foraging ant activity begins and before the  new colonies grow large. Additional treatments may be needed in midsummer and the fall to completely manage fire ants, depending on the amount of activity in an area.

5. Are there any more tips for applying bait for fire ants?

Remember that bait is food and to keep bait fresh before use. After opening the bait package, you will want to use the bait quickly. Fire ants may not forage at the heat of the day, so it’s best to apply bait when fire ants are actively foraging. Additionally, Doxem Plus Fire Ant Bait should be applied when the ground is dry and when rain is not in the forecast within a minimum of 4 hours after application.


Doxem Plus Fire Ant Bait


Brittany Campbell, Ph.D., BCE

Technical Services Manager PCO Product Development

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