Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Although we can control fire ants in our yard relatively easily with the Texas Two Step method, applying a bait and following up with individual mound treatments, the procedure for keeping these pests out of vegetable gardens is somewhat more complicated. Amdro, the most commonly used bait in our part of the world, is not approved for use in a vegetable garden and the quick kill products which contain acephate are also illegal to use in that situation. Fortunately, Joey Williamson at Clemson's Home and Garden Information Center has a fact sheet listing products and explaining how to use them to safely and legally keep fire ants in your backyard food plot at manageable levels. Williamson also provides cultural tips to help protect honey bees and other beneficial insects. Search "Clemson hgic Fire Ants in the Vegetable Garden."