In most cases, you won’t need medical treatment for fire ant bites, though some people could go into anaphylactic shock if they have severe allergies. If you are not allergic to fire ants, you could use home remedies for fire ant bites treatment, including applying cold compresses, using hydrocortisone cream, taking an antihistamine, using a triple antibiotic or even taking an oatmeal bath to reduce itching.
Should you pop fire ant bites? If you do, you run a high risk of the bites causing blisters and getting infected. Instead, use a topical that reduces itching.
How Long Do Fire Ant Bites Last?
Fire ant bites could be itchy at the least and are often painful. That fun time you were having in the backyard could turn might dark if you have to put up with itching and the pain that fire ant bites could produce. And, if you’re allergic to them, you’ll have to deal with the allergic reaction, which could include fire ant bites swelling.
The ants actually sting, rather than bite. Two species were imported to the United States and are mostly found in southern states. Red fire ants build large mounds that are about 18 inches wide. You’ll find these fire ant mounds in grass, gardens and even along driveways. When a large group bites an animal, such as a box turtle, it could kill the turtle. The red ants eat meat and vegetable matter.
The other species is the Solenopsis richteri. This fire ant was imported from South America and is black. These are generally found in Mississippi, Alabama and Texas. They also build mounds, though their mounds are much larger than their red cousin’s mounds.
Symptoms of Fire Ant Bites
Fire ant venom has 46 proteins, including a poison that could affect your nervous system. Some people have reported hallucinations after being stung by a large number of ants. When you get stung, you’ll feel pain from the sting. The pain lasts from a few seconds to a few minutes. Once the pain stops, the bites will itch. Itching could be mild or intense. With most people, the bites heal without medical intervention or home remedies.
The bite mark is round with a pus-filled blister that usually looks like a pimple. The blisters usually appear within 20 minutes of being stung.
How to Get Rid of Fire Ants
The only way to effectively get rid of fire ants is to kill the queen. You could kill all the fire ants, but if you don’t get the queen, the nest will come back. The best way to get rid of fire ants is to contact an exterminator such as Clint Miller Exterminating. However, you could try some home remedies, including:
Diatomaceous earth: This is a dusty powder that is made from the shells of microscopic sea creatures. It is sharp so when bugs get it on them, it cuts them. However, it probably won’t reach the queen to kill her.
Boiling water. This will kill the ants but probably won’t reach the queen.
Orange peels will repel the ants, but they will just come back.
Diesel or gas is just plain dangerous. It’s one thing you shouldn’t do.
Fire ant mound treatments work only if the workers bring some bait in the mound for the queen. And, they don’t stop other fire ants from making new mounds. If you use something like Amdro and it gets wet, it rots quickly, which means the ants won’t eat it and you’ll have to retreat.
Using a season-long lawn treatment is the best way to go. The treatments are long-lasting insecticides that are applied to a lawn with a spreader. Over-the-counter treatments could be spread with a fertilizer spreader and then watered in.
To get rid of ants in your home, make sure all food is picked up and you seal cracks in the foundation. Check for other places ants may get into your home and seal those areas. You could use ant traps, though a more effective way is to have your home sprayed by Clint Miller Exterminating. Spraying the outside of your home with a residual spray keeps the ants out and spraying inside kills the ants that are already in.
Contact Clint Miller Exterminating
If you are having problems with controlling ants or fire ants seem to be taking over your yard, contact Clint Miller Exterminating to set up an appointment to get rid of the ant problem.