What Do Fire Ants Look Like?
Fire ants live together in very large colonies, but the ants themselves are very small in size. Fire ant adults grow to be between 1/8th and 3/8th of an inch in length. They are a dark reddish-brown in color and have segmented bodies.
What Do Fire Ant Nests Look Like?
Fire ant mounds are large, between two and four square feet, and have an oblong, irregular shape. The entrances and exits are located on the sides of the mounds, not on the top. Fire ants build their nests in open, sunny areas and avoid constructing them in wooded areas or in areas with a lot of shade.
What Attracts Fire Ants?
These ants are attracted to warm, humid environments, and to large open outdoor spaces such as yards, parks, and fields. They are also attracted to properties that offer them easy access to food sources. Fire ants are omnivores, meaning that they feed on a wide variety of both plants and animals including earthworms, spiders, small mammals such as birds and rodents, and any fruits or vegetables that they happen across.
Are Fire Ants Dangerous?
Yes, fire ants are a very dangerous species of ants to have nesting on your property. Fire ants aggressively protect themselves and their nests from detected threats, including people and animals. When they feel threatened, fire ants attack in large numbers, repeatedly stinging and injecting venom into their victims. Being attacked by fire ants is not only extremely painful, but it is extremely dangerous as well. Their venom can trigger anaphylaxis which can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Coming into contact with fire ants or a fire ant nests should be avoided at all costs.
How Do I Get Rid Of Fire Ants?
Lindsey Pest Services uses an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to getting rid of fire ants. Our expert pest control technicians will inspect your property to accurately identify fire ants, where they are active, and where their nests are located. Once we’ve evaluated the fire ant problem, we’ll determine the most efficient method of fire ant control. Next, we'll eliminate the colony of fire ants, and if you choose one of our home pest control plans, we’ll perform ongoing maintenance to ensure the colonies don't restart and once again become a danger for you, your family, and your pets.