Now that the warmer months have arrived, so have the fire ants in the south. These pests are found throughout the southern states and they can sure leave a powerful punch when they bite. Even though they are beneficial with helping control other pests like ticks and cockroaches they aren’t loved by many in the south. We at Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators want to help you and your family be fire ant free this summer so let’s learn a little more about fire ants below.
What Do They Look Like?
Many people think that they have a bright red tint to them, but they are more of a reddish-brown color. But did you know that the male fire ants are actually black, so looks can be deceiving if you happen to see one or if one bites you. Fire ants are about 1/8 to ¼ of an inch and they have two different nodes on their thorax to help differentiate from other ants like a carpenter ant.
The Queen of Fire Ants
While you will normally hear from people in Britain, “Long Live the Queen” this too can apply to the queen of the fire ants. Did you know that the queens can live for as long as 7 years while her busy little workers usually only last about 5 weeks? The busy workers do everything they can to protect their queen and only feed her food they have eaten first to keep her away from any danger. This can be beneficial in knowing how the queen ant works and how she survives longer than any other ant.
Those Pesky Mounds
We all have had an issue with seeing those fire ant mounds all over our yards at one point or another. The fire ants are extremely protective of their mound and don’t like to see disturbances to them. If anyone happens to kick the mound or step on it, then the ants will rush out and sting you. Thankfully the fire ants prefer to build their mounds in open areas with not much shade, but they are easy to spot in your yard. You may find that the mounds may disappear if it gets too hot outside or too cold and also depends on how much dry it is outdoors. Many homeowners in the south do happen to see more mounds show up when it has rained heavily, and this is how they try to escape the saturated soil.
Fire Ant Stings
Living in the south, you may notice that you find the fire ants crawling on you especially if you happen to step on their mound. Then you may realize that they have stung you and now your leg, foot or wherever they may have bitten you feels like it’s on fire. This is how you know you have been bitten by a fire ant. While many don’t have any issues with the bites, you do have to watch out for those who are highly allergic to their venom. We do recommend that you wash the area where you have been stung by and apply some anti-itch cream to it. If you notice they aren’t going away, then we suggest seeing a medical professional instead. The last thing you want to ever do is allow the bites to get infected because we understand it’s not fun to deal with.
We at Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators do not want you to attempt to treat your yard for the fire ant mounds. We are highly qualified and know what we are doing with the treatment and how to effectively get rid of them. These bugs are quite a nuisance and we however know how they behave. If you have an infestation of these pesky ants, then please give a call today and allow us to come out and help keep your yard ant free this spring and summer.