What are Fire Ants?
Fire ant populations have spread all across the U.S., especially the southern states, including Tennessee. Fire Ants can be mistaken for regular ants; they are reddish brown to black in color with a cooper colored head and are 1/10 – ¼ of an inch in length. They are a very aggressive species of ant that will run towards a disturbance of their nest and deliver a very painful sting.
Are Fire Ants Dangerous?
Fire ants have a stinger on their abdomen that injects venom into their victim. In humans the pain is similar to that felt after being burned, usually a red welt will appear after being stung; while rare some individuals can have a severe allergic reaction that can lead to death. Fire ants can also attack and kill domestic and wild animals. They feed on young plants and can destroy farms crops. They are drawn towards electrical equipment and can ruin tractors, lawn mowers and if make their way indoors can chew through electrical wires and insulation.
Why Do I Have A Fire Ant Problem?
Fire ants move to new nesting areas through many means both naturally and by accident. They can be brought into your yard after bringing new plants home from a nursery or can even be brought in on your car. Newly mated queens will naturally fly into a new area to make a nest and start a colony; if a colony is very large some fire ants will “bud off” with a new queen to start their own colony or if a colony is disturbed they will move to a different location. Fire ants like open moist areas to nest in so your front or backyard can make a very favorable environment for them.
How Do I Get Rid Of Fire Ants?
Fire ants are very territorial and will keep coming back to the same area. In order to truly control fire ants and keep them off your property you will most likely need to use year round protection. At All-American Pest Control we have Fire Ant Reduction services to control your fire ant problem and let you enjoy your yard again!
Can I Do It Myself?
Fire ants are very difficult to completely eliminate without professional help. If you live in an area where fire ants have spread to you will most likely never completely eliminate them; your best bet is to find a reliable method to continuously control their presence on your property. If you have a fire ant problem call All-American Pest Control today.
Why Choose All-American Pest Control?
With over 50 years of experience, we know the time, effort and commitment it takes to solve your fire ant problem. With All-American Pest Control, you’ll receive trained professionals, serious commitment, and thorough treatments.
How Can I Prevent Fire Ant Problems In The Future?
Unfortunately there is no way to truly prevent fire ants from spreading to your property. The best way to prevent them from completely taking over your yard is to be proactive; at first sight of a fire ant call for professional assistance. Make sure that windows and door are sealed and screens are intact to prevent them from entering your home.