Today one of our Sentricon Techs found a fire ant mound at a customer's home in Antioch, TN just outside of Nashville. He used his phone to video the ants. Fire Ants are moving up from the south and are becoming very common. We have treated for fire ants as far north as Brentwood, TN. Fire Ants are a big concern, but thankfully there are very effective treatments. We start with an individual mound treatment and then 2-3 days later we come back and treat the entire yard. Most of the time we provide a 1-year re-treatment guarantee. Here’s the video.
What Are Fire Ants?
Fire ants are an aggressive species of ant that are identified by their distinctive orange coloration and are notorious for their painful stings. They are comparatively large for ant species at 1/10 - 1/4 inch length. Their size, combined with their stinger, allow them to overtake and kill rival ant colonies in the area. Unfortunately, this also means that once in your yard they are not likely to remove themselves on their own
Are Fire Ants Dangerous?
While all ants are potentially dangerous due to their painful bites, fire ants are unique in that they carry a painful and venomous stinger. These stings cause a burning sensation that can feel like being burned.
In many people, each bite will result in an itchy red welt on the bite location, but side effects can be much worse. The more bites the person receives, the worse the side effects are likely to be. Individual fire ant stings do not carry much venom, but accidentally stepping on an anthill could leave someone with enough to require medical attention.
Beyond the risk they pose to humans and pets, fire ants are also a general nuisance to have around your home. They can attack and kill domestic and wild animals, and may feed on your plants. They are also drawn to electrical equipment and in some cases, their foraging into wires can create fire hazards. They will also get inside and ruin cars, tractors, and lawnmowers.
What Should I Do If I’ve Seen Fire Ants Around My Antioch Home?
Fire ants are a difficult pest to treat for the average homeowner for a number of reasons. It’s difficult to kill the entire infestation at once so that it cannot recuperate. Failure to kill the whole colony means that it will simply resurge in a matter of weeks - or days. With millions of individual ants in the colony, many over-the-counter ant treatments simply lack the muscle to completely eliminate the problem.
If you’re a homeowner in Antioch or any of our Middle Tennessee region, give us a call today for comprehensive treatments for fire ants and any other invasive pests you might have around your home. Our expert technicians have been keeping homes and businesses across Tennessee for over six decades, and there is no fire ant problem too big for us to handle. Call us today for a consultation!