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SeeClickFix: Fire ants under control at Huntsville ballpark

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Fire ant mounds are popping up at area parks, but they don't stand a chance to harm your kids as city crews take a first alert response to handle them.

Fire ant mounds are history at Mayfair Park in Huntsville. The city quickly responded after a concerned resident reported the problem to SeeClickFix on the WAFF 48 News website. The chemical treatment was done just in time before recreational leagues hit the field to play soccer. 

"We actually used a chemical product that we treat all of fire ants mounds. It tends to take about six hours for them to activate, and they kill the mounds on sight," said Brian Walker.  

Landscape managers say fire ants are common this time of year.

"They come up in the spring and the fall of the year when we have cooler evenings and warmer days, and the rain that we tend to have is what brings them to the surface," Walker said.

Walker said they typically see mounds around permanent objects such as a fence or goal post where there's less foot traffic.

"We want to make sure these fields are being played whether for practice or for games that the safety for the individuals involved are not at risk," he said.

The effort especially helps to keep fire ants away from people allergic to them.

For more fire ant management tips, click here.

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