What Are Fire Ants?
Most people identify this Ant by the appearance of the mound. The painful sting of the fire ant’s bite is another good indicator, but not recommended as a method of identification. Fire ants build
mounds in almost any type of soil, but they prefer open sunny areas such as pastures, parks, lawns, and fields. Their mounds can grow 18 to 24 inches in height if the soil conditions are right. Often mounds are located in rotting logs and around stumps and trees. Colonies can also occur in or under buildings. The ants themselves are reddish brown in color and roughly 1/8 to 1/4 inch in length. Fire ants are also a major problem, as they invade and destroy a variety of crops, from soybeans to citrus, to potatoes to sunflowers. They are also a nuisance to people and animals, with their painful stings.
When attacking, fire ants first use their mandibles to grip their prey, and then inject venom through a stinger.
Fire ant stings are painful for most humans and fatal to some: if a victim experiences a severe reaction such as sweating, nausea or excessive itching, emergency medical services should be
contacted immediately. Their sting, which includes alkaloid venom, is highly irritating to humans and results in red bumps and white pustules, which can ultimately lead to scarring. The sensation of a fire ant burn has been described as “stinging” and “intense burning,” and fire ants are known to attack potential threats or prey in large numbers. A fire ant colony may contain 100,000 to 500,000 insects, thus increasing the likelihood that multiple stings will be inflicted.
When you see a dirt mound built by fire ants, your first inclination might be to kick it or otherwise try to damage it. That would be a big mistake, because fire ants will respond immediately
Approaches To Controlling Fire Ants
Professionally trained pest control experts have a number of strategies to counter red imported fire ants. They may use broadcast bait treatments or focus on treating each dirt mound on an individual basis. Sometimes a combined approach is best, with broadcast and targeted attacks carried out simultaneously. Your pest control professional may also use barrier and spot treatments, depending on the situation.
The Risk Of Reinfestation
Remember that fire ants are tough and can adapt to changes in their environment, including pest control measures. Reinfestation is a constant threat. Ongoing fire ant control must be maintained to keep them at bay.
If you have recently detected red imported fire ants on your property, you’ll want to get rid of them as soon as possible. The professional trained experts at Cimex Pest Solutions have the experience in eradicating pests like these in the Manatee County and Sarasota area. To set up an appointment for service, consider calling the ant control expert at Cimex Pest Solutions today.Tags: Fire Ants