Grits to Kill Fire Ants: Myth
The theory is that when fire ants eat dry grits and then consume water, their stomachs explode. Unfortunately, adult ants cannot digest solid foods, so this myth is not true. Fire ants have no natural predators in the United States, so the population has grown quickly and is difficult to control. Here is what can help prevent fire ant activity:
- Remove outdoor food and moisture sources that attract fire ants, including spills, open food containers and pet food and water bowls.
- Check for and seal gaps around doors and windows to make it more difficult for fire ants to enter the home.