The following is for Homeowners and Commercially Certified Operators. Not the Illegal applicators. And I know who some of you are. February can be an excellent month for treating with Fire Ant Baits in South Florida. Sorry Central and North Florida I don't know your best time, but it is later. This February should be good in the fact we are now warmer and in fact just above normal. Fire Ants are active between 70 & 90 degrees and most active in the 75 to 85 range like we have during the day right now. Also remember Baits are only good until rain washes off the Phamone or the Phamone goes bad. So warm and dry makes for a good application. Your better Fire Ant Baits have Growth Regulators in them which take up to 10 weeks to control the entire colony. So February is the month to get the ants before many people start being outside. Most Baits only require 1 to 3 pounds per acre. Fire ants will forage 100 ft from the nest. Therefore banning or check boarding your application works just as good as a blanket treatment. Here is a trick I will use when a vacant lot of heavy growth is next door to a yard I want to protect. I use a Sling Shot and Handy Wrap with Bait inside. I will shoot the Bait in the Handy Wrap into the Thick growth because it will open when it hits. BTW I also use a Steel Shot in the Handy wrap. Knowing Fire Ant forage 100 Feet I try and space my shots about 50 ft apart to get excellent coverage. You can do a search under my name for tons of infro on Fire Ants. Most any baits will work but those with Growth Regulators are proven to last longer. The wider or larger the area, the longer control.