Fire Ants

What are fire ants?

Fire ants are a small species of ant that are dark reddish-brown to black in color. What makes this ant unique is not how it looks, but rather its behavior. Fire ants are aggressive and easily agitated. They will attack anything they view as a threat. They can also be identified by their nesting mound. Their large nests are flattened and irregular in shape.

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Are fire ants dangerous?

Fire ants are dangerous pests. They are an invasive species and are difficult to control and eliminate. Fire ants will sting anything that walks past or disturbs their nest. Fire ants typically attack in large groups. They use their strong mandibles to bite and hold onto the skin of their victims. They then deliver painful stings that form raised red welts which eventually become white pustules.

Fire ant venom is strong enough to cause an allergic response in people and pets, potentially triggering anaphylactic shock. They also have the potential to cause damage to farm crops and household plants. In addition, fire ants are attracted to electrical equipment and have the potential to damage air conditioners, circuit breakers, and like items.

Why do I have a fire ant problem?

Fire ants are most likely on your property because it offers them a suitable place to build their nest. Unfortunately, yards make perfect nesting spots for fire ants. Fire ants can be introduced to properties on plants and flowers purchased from nurseries or inside sod. Fire ants are also attracted to properties that offer ample food and water sources. Fire ants are omnivores and feed on a variety of items, such as vegetables, fruit, meat, insects, and earthworms.

Where will I find fire ants?

Fire ants build their nesting mounds in open, sunny areas. They avoid shady areas and are rarely found living in the woods. They may also build nests inside rotting logs and tree stumps. These ants are most often found living outside, but sometimes they do find their way inside while foraging for food. Fire ants typically gain access to buildings through HVAC systems and air conditioning units.

How do I get rid of fire ants?

To eliminate dangerous fire ants from your home or business, partner with a professional pest control company. At Proven Pest Management, we offer customizable and flexible pest management services that will completely solve your fire ant problem. Our highly trained professionals offer property owners personable and personalized fire ant control services at an affordable price. To learn more about the fire ant control services we provide throughout Tennessee and Mississippi, call Proven Pest Management!

How can I prevent fire ants in the future?

Preventing problems with fire ants can be a difficult task. Their colonies have the potential to be large enough to extend across several properties. If you notice fire ant mounds on your property, it is vital to stay away from them and immediately call a professional to eliminate the colony. To keep fire ants from finding their way into your home, place weather stripping around windows and doors, install door sweeps, and seal spaces around air conditioning units.

 

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