Fire ants are commonly found in North America, particularly in the southern United States. They have a reddish tint to their bodies, but some look slightly more brown while others are a little more black. These pests are typically identified by their mounds, which have no distinct opening and appear to be fluffy piles of dirt.
There may be more than one mound located in the same general area. Because fire ants are aggressive and sting humans, it is important to understand more about how to handle them if they establish a presence in your yard.
Why Are Fire Ants A Problem?
Fire ant mounts have the potential to cause a lot of damage to your lawn. In addition, these pests have been known to chew on wires and can therefore cause issues with the wiring at a property. Finally, fire ants are aggressive and will attack when they perceive there to be a threat to their colony. They sting their victims with a venom that typically results in itchy, raised bumps on the skin.
It is possible to have an allergic reaction to fire ant bites as well. Always speak to a medical professional if you have an adverse reaction from a fire ant bite, you may need to seek medical attention.
Why Do I Have Fire Ants?
Fire ants love the sun, and often set up their colonies in areas where it is warm and dry. Their mounds have the potential to grow very large and contain hundreds of thousands of ants. Fire ants do infest plants and sod, and can be introduced into yards when these items are brought onto a property. They also travel between properties as their colonies grow larger and are allowed to flourish.
How Can I Get Rid Of Fire Ants?
Fire ants are difficult to control and difficult to treat. Colonies grow quite big in a short amount of time. In addition, these ants build up a significant presence underground, and it is often hard to tell how far the colony extends. Some colonies have more than one queen, so they can keep growing even if some of their members are killed.
Fire ants should not be allowed to continue building their colonies unchecked, which is why it is so important to contact EnSec Pest & Lawn if there is an issue. We are happy to come out and take a look at your yard to determine what is going on and figure out the best method of treating the issue. Our pest control technicians will use their extensive knowledge and experience to come up with a plan that works for your family.
Fire ants are aggressive and destructive little pests. Educating yourself on their colonies and what to do if they establish a presence in your yard is very important. Luckily, their mounds are fairly recognizable, and by addressing the issue as soon as you notice a problem, you can get a handle on the situation by dedicating a little time and effort to it.