Fire ants resemble ordinary ants. They are very small (average 1/8 to 1/4 inch in length) and have a dull red body coloration, which ranges from reddish brown to reddish black. Fire ants are especially dangerous to humans and animals due to their aggressive nature and toxin they release when they sting.
Fire ants prefer dry, sunny, and flat conditions and typically build their mounds in loose earth near landscape areas or structural foundations and near food and water. These dome-shaped mounds can grow to be larger than two feet in diameter, up to one foot high, and can contain more than 250,000 ants. While fire ants are present year-round, their colonies become more visible in the spring because the ants are often moving out of the soil due to heavy rainfalls.
Fire ants will aggressively and repeatedly bite and sting any animal or person that disturbs their mound. Their bites inject a stinging toxin which causes a strong burning, fire-like sensation. Most people will experience painful, itchy, and irritating welts from the toxin, but some people are very allergic. You should seek a physician immediately if the person who has been bit experiences any symptoms such as shortness of breath, pain or swelling in other parts of the body, and faintness.
To prevent a fire ants invasion you should take steps to make your home and property as inhospitable to them as possible.
- check and seal gaps around doors and windows
- eliminate standing water and other sources of moisture
- store food tightly
- wipe up spills
- keep trashcans covered and sealed.
While there are several DIY methods to eliminate fire ant colonies, it is best to contact the professionals at Truly Nolen.
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Our technicians have proper training, tools, and techniques to safely eliminate your fire ant infestation. We can also enroll you in an ongoing pest control program specifically designed to treat and monitor for fire ants. We provide complimentary callbacks with a guaranteed 24 hour response time should a pest issue persist between routine service intervals. If there is a problem with any part of your service, Truly Nolen will continue to service your property at no extra charge until you are completely satisfied. If you are experiencing a fire ant infestation or any other pest problems, contact us today at Truly Nolen.