There are a few types of fire ants that you may encounter either in your home or on your travels. But regardless of which kind you come across, all fire ants have the ability to sting if they feel threatened. Ensure your family and property are protected from these menacing pests, with our home pest control tips and tricks.
There are a few types of fire ants that you may encounter either in your home or on your travels. But regardless of which kind you come across, all fire ants have the ability to sting if they feel threatened. (While stings may look like bites, they are technically the product of the fire ant's stinger). A fire ant sting can be intensely painful, especially if it occurs on a sensitive area of the body. They can even be life-threatening, as some people are allergic to the venom the ant produces. Learn more about what to do if you're unlucky enough to be bitten.
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.
Odorous house ants, or Tapinoma sessile, is a native ant and is found in most of the United States. They’ll eat just about anything in your house but prefer foods high in sugar. Outside, they like the honeydew that is produced by aphids and nectar from buds and flowers.
Carpenter ants identification is easy — in addition to seeing the swarmers and the workers, you might see sawdust that looks more like wood shavings near their tunnels. The tunnels are called gallery walls, and they are smooth tunnels in the wood that look like they were sandpapered. You may also see ant body parts and pieces of insulation in the sawdust.
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.
Ants are everywhere. You’ll find them outside and inside, especially if you don’t mop up spills right away or tend to leave food in original containers or otherwise unsealed. If you happen to bring home a dozen doughnuts and set them on the counter, you might find that the ants have found them. You might be thinking, “What a waste.” Your second thought is probably, “Can ants get you sick?” Most likely, you could brush the ants off and suffer no ill effects. However, ants could carry disease, so it’s not advisable to eat the doughnuts.
You do your best to keep your home nice and clean, free of debris and any scraps of food that might wind up attracting ants. But somehow, ants have forced their way into your house and you’re having a difficult time getting rid of them with the usual ant control solutions available at your local home improvement center.
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Properly disposing of garbage, cleaning away food items and covering potential entry points will usually keep ant infestations away. Conventional DIY ant extermination remedies, such as boiling water and insecticide, may be successful to a degree, but home-dwelling ants are much more difficult to deal with.