Ridding Your Property of Fire Ants

The sting of a Red Imported Fire Ant is very painful and often results in a raised welt that becomes a white blister. People allergic to insect stings will react more severely and may need to seek medical treatment.

 

You can spot a mound of fire ants in the distance because they are so big.  But, often, they “seemingly” attack out of nowhere because the mound is hidden in the grass. These ants are extremely aggressive. They can adapt to most climates.  After a heavy rain, they can be found “clinging together” in a protective clump floating on water surfaces.

 

These ants are tiny, no more than 3/8” in size or smaller. They primarily feed on vegetation. They build their nests in mounds of soil, in landscape areas or near building foundations, and enter buildings through holes or cracks in walls and foundation.

 

Preventing them from taking up residence in your yard requires vigilance.  A few words about prevention:

 

  • Eliminate standing water. They are attracted to moisture.
  • Keep tree branches trimmed back from your house to prevent them from coming indoors.
  • Fix cracks and crevices in your foundation.
  • Eliminate even the tiniest of openings.
  • Do not store firewood or building material near your house.

 

Fire ants are very resilient. In areas where both fire ant populations and native ants have been reduced or eliminated with insecticides, re-infestation by fire ants may be noticeable within a month after treatment. Fire ants re-infest these areas more rapidly than other ant species as they are more aggressive.  Subsequent re-infestation of an area may produce even larger populations than existed before the application of insecticides.

 

Call Perschel and Meyer for a free quote to rid your property of aggressive fire ants.