Fire Ants – they’re the red-headed (and bodied) stepchildren of the ant kingdom and for good reason too! Fire ants are no fun to have in or around your home and property. Here’s how you can identify fire ants and control them should you discover they have moved in!
Will the Real Fire Ants Please Stand Up?
To know if you have a problem with fire ants, first you need to know how to identify them. Fire ants are reddish brown to reddish black and they have a stinger at the end of their body. They’re named for the sting they can deliver which in incredibly painful.
Fire ants nest in the ground. Their nests can look like mounds, and the largest colonies can have up to 250,000 workers! They are not the most welcoming of creatures, because if they feel their nest is being intruded upon they will bite and sting an intruder repeatedly.
These little buggers are omnivores, which means they eat a lot of different things. They eat everything from grease to meat to sweet, animal or vegetable these ants aren’t all that picky. Their diets typically include earthworms, ticks, spiders, arthropod eggs, honeydew melon and other sweets. They also chow down on seeds, birds, rodents and even calves. They’ll eat dead animals whether they’re responsible for killing it or not.
They reproduce rather quickly as well. The total time it takes for an egg to reach an adult stage is 30 days Working can live up to 6 months and queens can live anywhere from two to six years.
Do You Have An Infestation?
If you want to know if you’re property is being intruded by fire ants there are a few things you should be on the lookout for. A very common sign is seeing worker and swarmer ants. Swarming ants have wings and fly around. You may also notice sandy mounds of dirt in your yard, indicating a nest. These are often more visible after it has rained. And if you or someone in your family has been stung by one then you know for sure it’s time to call for reinforcements!
The More You Know
Fire ants are not native to North America, but they’ve been common throughout the southern states in the US. These ants were accidentally introduced in the 1930’s through a shipment of cargo into Alabama. They’ve now spread and thrived in warm climates with no predators to keep them in check.
These ants really like warm, sunny conditions. Not a fan of shade, they love dry fields. The stings they deliver can be deadly to humans if you happen to have an allergic response. If you are stung by a fire ant and then experience sweating, nausea or excessive itching then you need to seek medical treatment immediately.
What You Can Do
In the battle against fire ants you are in luck! Green Army is here to help, and they can get rid of those pesky fire ants once and for all. You’ll not only be safer, but happier too knowing that the professionals at Green Army can rid your property of fire ants safely and in just one visit. Call them today!