Fire Ant Control
Fire ants are reddish in color and measure 1.6 to 5 mm in length. If you want to know what problems they can cause and how best to deal with them, you may want to read further.
Behaviors, Diets and Habits of the Imported Fire Ant
Fire Ants will generally build their nests underground. Most often, their nests will have visible mounds with a diameter of 61 cm and a height of 18 cm. In many of the large colonies, you would find as many as 250,000 active and aggressive workers. Intruding animals or humans get bitten by them repeatedly. Fire ants feed on a wide variety of things, such as sweets, greasy foods, meats and other insects. An adult worker would feed a liquid diet to the larvae until they grow enough to eat solid foods.
Fire ants take 30 days to grow into a full adult. Worker ants live for up to 180 days, yet a queen can live up to 6 years.
Signs That You Have A Fire Ant Infestation
As mentioned previously, a fire ant nest will generally have mounds, which is a sign that your property is infested. If you have a large number of fire ants around your home, you will surely get stung often.
More Fire Ant Information
While this species of ants is not native to North America, Fire Ants are a common problem throughout the southern United States. A shipment of cargo, in 1930s, brought the red fire ant into the US. Now, they are everywhere in the southern states.
Fire ants like warm, sunny conditions and avoid the cold, shady places such as forests and woods. In each colony, you will find hundreds of thousands of ants with at least one queen ant. When attacking, these pests grip the prey with their mandibles injecting venom via a stinger.
A sharp pain will be felt when stung by fire ants. At times, numerous bites have been fatal. If you experience severe sweating, itching or nausea, you should seek medical attention right away. Their sting has alkaloid venom and has a very irritating, long lasting effect to humans. It may leave white pustules and red bumps on the bitten area. After getting stung, you may feel an intense burning sensation. A colony of these ants can have up to 500,000 ants. Please do not mess with their nest!
If you have experienced a fire ant activity around your house, you may want to get in touch with your local Tropical Gardens Pest Professionals. We use special methods to secure properties from these ant infestations.
Treatment and Prevention
Make sure you inspect your home perimeter each year to prevent an ant infestation. The best way is to hire your local fertilization and pest control professional to perform an inspection and to deal with the problem immediately.
Lastly, to avoid ant bites or stings, make sure you don’t step on an ant mound or leave food particles lying around where you sit or stand often. If you have a fire ant mound outside your house, contact a pest control professional right away.
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