Of all the insects you might find making a home in your yard, fire ants are perhaps the most alarming. They create extensive, complex tunnel networks underground, damaging your lawn and garden, and react aggressively when disturbed, biting and stinging people, children, and pets (and fire ant bites don't feel good). If you've done a quick search for "fire ants in my home" and haven't found what you're looking for, we can help. In this blog, we’ll discuss how to identify fire ants, natural home remedies for getting rid of fire ants, and options if you’d prefer to hire a professional fire ant exterminator to tackle the problem.
It's very difficult to differentiate one kind of ant from another at first glance; instead, exterminators look at physical characteristics in addition to where they live and how they behave to identify ant species.
Fire ants are best known for their bite and their sting, making them an unwanted companion in your home or yard. While you might picture bright red ants when you hear the term "fire ants," there are actually five species of fire ants in the US, ranging in color from the bright red you're picturing to a shade of reddish black. The five species include tropical fire ants, native Southern fire ants, little fire ants, desert fire ants, and red imported fire ants.
The most undesirable fire ant is the red imported fire ant. This species was accidentally transported to the United States in 1930 and has made a home here since then. Red imported fire ants are red to reddish brown in color with a dark colored stinger. Perhaps most notable is their antennae, which have ten segments.
Fire ants are not only aggressive and quick to bite humans, but they can damage your yard and garden. In fact, by the time you begin to see mounds above ground, there could be as many as 500,000 fire ants living in complex tunnels beneath the surface your yard, and disrupting them can lead them to quickly relocate to your home.
While many homeowners worry about using over-the-counter fire ant control without adequate knowledge of safety measures - especially with pets and children at home - there are some more natural solutions you can try, including:
Diamotaceous Earth, a powder available at Walmart, Home Depot, and similar stores, dehydrates ants over time, causing them to die. The best fire ant killer is often professional services.
Fire ant removal can feel overwhelming for homeowners. Appropriate treatment must be customized depending on the species of ant, and identifying the species requires careful knowledge of their habitats and habits. Perhaps even more unsettling is the fact that disrupting a fire ant colony can lead to bites and stings – or even drive the ants out of your yard and into your home. When it comes to fire ant removal in North Carolina, you don’t have to go it alone. Contact Clint Miller Exterminating, a 30-year trusted area exterminator, at 701.436.6607 or visit us online to schedule an appointment today.