Fire ants often nest near moisture-laden areas, like rivers, well-watered lawns, and streams. They create mounds, burrowing in the soil. Some colonies have multiple queens, but smaller nests typically only have a single queen. They reproduce rapidly, and can spread throughout a lawn or open area very quickly. Unlike most venomous ants, fire ants bite to hold their prey, and then use their stinger in their abdomen to deliver venom.
Problems with Fire Ants
The sting of a fire ant is the primary issue. Most humans describe the sensation as feeling like fire, hence their name. Fire ants can also aggressively dominate local or native ant species in the area, disturbing ecosystems and the animals that eat native ant species. Fire ants are considered invasive, and up to $5 billion is spent in the U.S. alone on fire ant treatments.
Prevention of Fire Ants
The best prevention step is to eliminate any potential food sources by keeping your home or business clean. Regular lawn maintenance can keep fire ants from invading an open area, and eliminating standing water can reduce their available water source.
What You Can Do About Ants
Can you get rid of ants yourself? Most do-it-yourself ant control products only kill the ants you see, not the colonies themselves. Also, home remedies don’t account for the fact that different kinds of ant infestations require different treatments. The best you can do is to eliminate any potential food sources by keeping your home or business clean. However, if you’re still having issues, you’ll need to contact a pest control specialist like Russell’s Pest Control to seek out and destroy nests to help prevent these pests from returning.
Ant Control Solutions
When you schedule ant control service with Russell’s Pest Control, your technician will:
- Determine the type of ant
- Conduct a full property inspection that includes your yard, attached & detached structures, driveway and home
- Directly treat all nests and trails on the outside
- Install ant stations to monitor activity
- Discreetly apply ant baits for interior nests
- Seal small common entry points if they are contributing to the infestation
- Create a full report describing the treatment and how you can protect your home from further infestations
Don’t wait until your home is overrun by ants. Contact Russell’s Pest Control today!