swarm of fire ants outside knoxville home

How To Identify Fire Ants

Fire ants are a very aggressive species that are reddish-brown or black in color and that have copper colored heads.   Adults can grow to be 1/10th to ¼ of an inch in length.They use their strong mandibles to grab hold of their victim and then deliver a painful sting.  

Why Do I Have A Fire Ant Problem?

Fire ants like to nest in open sunny areas that provide a lot of moisture; yards make the perfect environment for a newly mated queen to start a colony in. Fire ants are a seasonal pest problem and are often introduced onto properties by chance.  It's not uncommon to find them in newly purchased plants or even soil.  

Are Fire Ants Dangerous?

They certainly can be.  Fire ant are extremely aggressive and will swarm towards a perceived threat.  Once they have their target in sight, they'll work to subdue by stinging repeatedly.  Fire ant bites will leave behind a red welt that may form a white pustule. Medical attention may be necessary for individuals who suffer an allergic reaction.  Fire ants have been known to kill pets and wild animals. 

Fire ants  cause damage to plants and farm crops. They've also been known to infest and damage air conditioning units and electrical equipment.  

How Do I Control Fire Ants?

Fire ants are not a pest to tackle on your own.  At Russell's Pest Control we offer seasonal treatments for this aggressive ant.  Our Power Platinum home pest control plan also includes treatment for fire ants in addition to common household pests and other seasonal pests including mosquitoes and ticks.  

Fire Ant Prevention Tips

There's not a whole lot you can do to prevent fire ants from invading your property.  At the first sign of a fire ant problem, contact Russell's Pest Control

 

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