The best way to prevent your property from being infested with LFAs is to not bring them home! Little Fire Ants are “hitch-hikers”- you can bring them home in potted plants, mulch, cinders, foliage, and in nearly any organic matter. So before you bring any of these items home check them first with a peanut butter chopstick. With large loads of mulch or cinders, create a quarantine area, away from trees, buildings, or potted plants where you can apply a barrier method. If you drive or walk through known infested areas regularly, again, create a quarantine area away from trees and buildings where you can apply a barrier method to maximize protecting your property.
Hawaii State Summary 2015