The One Thing Norfolk Residents Are Missing For Fire Ant Control
May 14, 2020
Ready… set… go! It’s the start of summer, the weather is nice, you want to spend as much time as possible enjoying your yard. But one thing that can ruin this ideal time is a fire ant mound. It doesn’t take much to disturb a colony of fire ants. And once you do, these ants will swarm your feet and legs and you’ll quickly feel painful stings that can swell into painful and itchy bites that can last for days.
Fire ants are among the most difficult ants to control, but also some of the most problematic. Here’s some info about these painful pests and how to keep them off your property.
How To Identify Fire Ants
Fire ants, also called red imported fire ants, are about 2/8 of an inch long. They are red or brown in color. If you have contact with fire ants, you’ll probably notice their sharp stings before you get a chance to inspect the ants themselves. They’re extremely aggressive and territorial.
Fire ants build large flattened mounds to nest in. It’s important to keep an eye out for these ant hills in your yard, so that you can stop fire ants before getting stung. Fire ants are mostly found outside, though they can come into houses through cracks and holes in the exterior of a home or even through air conditioning vents or open doors.
Problems Caused By Fire Ants
The biggest danger of fire ants is their painful stings. Though we often refer to fire ant “bites,” these insects actually inject venom into their victims by stinging. A fire ant sting starts with an immediate burning sensation which lasts for a few seconds and then fades into an itch or painful, but less intense, burn. These bites are uncomfortable for anyone but can be especially dangerous for people with fire ant allergies. In case of an allergic reaction, you should seek medical care.
Fire ants are also problematic because they are so difficult to get rid of. Many species of ants have a defense mechanism called “budding.” When a colony is threatened, it will split into two or more colonies order to increase its chance of survival. Fire ants are especially good at budding. If they feel that their colony is in danger, they will split multiple times, resulting in a yard full of ant mounds instead of just one problem area.
Attempting To Self Control Fire Ants
Many people incorrectly think that fire ants can be controlled with a do-it-yourself approach. Unfortunately, because of their ability to bud, this isn’t the case. An improper approach to fire ant control will result in more colonies and more stings. Getting rid of fire ants can be extremely dangerous and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Instead of trying to get rid of fire ants with home remedies that don’t work, turn to this easy solution for all your fire ant problems.
Effective Fire Ant Control
Hometown Pest Control gives you the safety you need when it comes to Virginia fire ants. We have the experience, tools, and materials needed to effectively get rid of fire ants in Norfolk. Our approach is quick and effective, so you can enjoy your yard without the fear of painful stings.
Don’t want until you or your family have already been stung. Reach out today for an inspection and a quick treatment that will make your yard summer-ready in no time.