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 – 1/4 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. A red welt will typically appear after being stung. On rare occasions, a fire ant bite can trigger a severe allergic reaction that could possibly result in death. Fire ants can also attack and kill domestic and wild animals. They feed on young plants and have been known to destroy farm crops. Fire ants are also drawn to electrical equipment and can potentially ruin tractors and lawn mowers. If they make their way indoors, fire ants can even 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 transported to your yard on new plants 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 large, some fire ants will “bud off” with a new queen to start their own colony or they will move to a different location if a colony is disturbed. Fire ants prefer to nest in moist, open areas, making your front or back yard a favorable environment.
How do I get rid of fire ants?
Fire ants are extremely territorial and will often return to the same area time and time again. In order to truly control fire ants and keep them off your property, you will most likely need year-round protection. At All-American Pest Control, we have fire ant reduction services that control your fire ant problem and allow you to enjoy your yard again.
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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, 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 contact 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 fire ants from completely taking over your yard is to be proactive; at first sight of fire ants, call for professional assistance. Make sure that windows and doors are sealed and screens are intact to prevent them from entering your home.