Have you ever stepped on a fire ant hill? If you have, then you know the pain of a thousand tiny, fiery ants stinging you. If you were walking barefoot, chances are that walking was painful for at least a week afterward. Whether you've ever been attacked by these tiny menaces or not, it is safe to assume that you would like to avoid them at all costs. We'd like to tell you about the problems fire ants can cause, how to identify them, and offer some prevention tips that you can use to keep your home and yard free of fire ants.
Problems Fire Ants Cause
It can be hard to think that a small ant can cause so much pain and discomfort, but it's possible. The biggest issue with fire ants is that, most commonly, it’s not just one ant biting or stinging you. Instead, bites from fire ants usually come from several ants at a time, and these attacks can cause more damage than just a little pain. Not only will their bites cause a burning, itching sensation, swelling, and redness but, if not treated properly, these bites can become infected, especially if scratched excessively. And if you happen to be allergic to their stings, your reaction could be much worse. If you aren't sure, consider talking to your doctor to find out whether or not you're allergic to fire ant bites.
Identifying Fire Ants
Fire ants are much like every other ant. They have six legs, three body segments, and they scavenge for food as a way of life. The big difference that sets fire ants apart from other common ants in the area is their distinct, reddish-brown to reddish-black color, and their unique stingers, located at the end of their bodies.
Fire Ant Prevention Tips
There are two sides to fire ant prevention: outdoor prevention and indoor prevention. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep fire ants outside where they belong:
Make sure ants don't have a way in. Inspect your home’s exterior foundation for any cracks or gaps. If you find any of these trouble areas, seal them using a caulking gun.
Reduce food attractants around your home. Fire ants, by nature, are omnivores. These ants will eat almost anything that we will. To keep fire ants away, do your best to keep food preparation areas, kitchens, and dining rooms clean and absent of foods that fire ants may decide to scavenge.
As for keeping fire ants off of your property, there is only one sure-fire way to make that happen, and that's professional ant control!
Why Professional Pest Control Is Key
When it comes to keeping fire ants out of your home and off your property, the best solution you have is to turn to professional pest control. The pest control provided here at Bug Head is an excellent option. Our methods for dealing with fire ants work quickly and effectively to keep your home fire ant-free year-round. If that is what you are looking for, give us a call. We would be happy to send one of our professionals your way as soon as possible with a solution that is designed to fit your needs.