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  • Sep 6, 2019
Fire Ant Control: Fire Ants 101

Fire Ant Control

There are different species of fire ants in the US. Species include the red imported fire ant, the native fire ant, the black imported fire ant and the southern fire ant. It’s important to distinguish the species, so proper control measures can be taken. Fire ants are distinguishable with their copper brown head and body with a darker abdomen. Fire ants don’t bite; they sting. And it’s a painful one. A sting often results in a raised welt that develops into a white pustule. If fire ants get into your home, they can become an issue.

Where Do Fire Ants Live?

Fire ants typically live outdoors near trees, shrubs and potted plants. They build large mound nests in the soil that can range up to four square feet in size. They also nest near landscaping and structural foundations and can gain access through AC units and HVAC systems. Fire ants build mounds in any type of soil and are often found in golf courses, meadows, lawns and pastures. Fire ant colonies can also be found under buildings. Their mounds have interconnecting galleries that sometimes penetrate the water table.

If you’re wondering what do fire ants eat, fire ants are omnivorous. They feed on vegetable or animal sources of food. They are known to eat meets, arthropod eggs and honeydew. Another thing you may be wondering about is are all red ants fire ants. The answer is no. Most fire ants aren’t red; they are different shades of brown.

Fire Ant Bites

Fire Ants are both venomous and aggressive. Its stinger is on the read of its body and connects to an internal venom sac. Fire ant stings often occur on the legs or feet if you disturb its mound. A fire ant sting can result in a:

  • local reaction
  • a large local reaction 
  • anaphylaxis.

Those with a local reaction will often have a welt, which is very itchy. Those with a large local reaction will have a large welt, and itching makes it very painful. Those with anaphylaxis will develop difficulty in breathing, and their entire body will itch. Local reactions should be treated with an antihistamine or a topical ointment. Large local reactions often require a prescription steroid ointment. Anaphylaxis should be treated right away with a desensitizing injection.

The best way to avoid a fire ant bite is to avoid the mound. In addition, wearing socks and pants can help. Keep in mind that the only reason why fire ants sting is because they are defending their colony

Contact Clint Miller Exterminating (CTA)

If you’re wondering how to get rid of fire ants, turn to the experts at Clint Miller Exterminating. We have a number of treatment options for fire ants. We’ll send a technician out to identify the type of ant and perform the best treatment option for you. Often, we apply a two-fold approach. "We treat both the interior and exterior of the home." And if you’re concerned about having chemical sprayed in the home, we offer a low toxic gel bait for the interior of the home. This can be used in cabinets and around countertops. Give us a call today. We’ll be happy to rid you of those pesky invaders.

 

 

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