The Rain Has the Ants Looking For Higher Ground

The Rain Has the Ants Looking For Higher Ground

After several days of heavy rain in the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex I was out looking around my home.

I discovered fire ants building nests up the foundation and entering my home through the weep holes in the bottom course of bricks. The heavy rains have all kinds of things looking for dry ground!

I often tell our clients to watch their foundations for signs of termites building tubes, but I’m reminded that checking it after a heavy rain is also a good idea. While fire ants are not necessarily a wood-destroying insect, I don’t want to share my home with them either!

I treat fire ant mounds in my yard with a granular fire ant killer but prefer liquid when treating the foundation. You can hire a professional to spray for you or you can purchase a small sprayer and the chemicals at your local home supply store.

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Have you ever just met someone, but felt you like you'd known him for years? That's what most people experience with Tom. He has a knack for making folks feel right at home. After 21 years in the Air Force, loyalty and honesty are the foundation of everything Tom does. In addition to being a Texas Real Estate Broker, Tom is a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) and a Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource (SFR).

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