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Don't Believe Everything You Read About Fire Ants

July 25, 2018

There are many misconceptions when it comes to fire ants. Some of these misconceptions can lead to serious problems for homeowners looking to control these frustrating pests. Here are a few you should be aware of:

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Fire Ant Myths

"Fire ants are dangerous."

Let's start with a myth that is actually somewhat true, but needs to be put into proper perspective. While it is true that some people are allergic to fire ant venom and that about a dozen people die from fire ant bites each year in the United States, we have to remember that over 5 million people get stung by these ants annually. That puts the odds of death at about 12 in 5 million. Still, you should take precautions against these pests, especially if you don't know whether or not you or your loved ones have an allergy to their bites.

"Fire ants are no big deal."

Another common misconception regarding fire ants is that they are not a pest you need to worry about. Fire ants are a serious problem in South Florida, including in Port St. Lucie, and need to be avoided.

"Club soda will suffocate fire ants."

If you pour club soda on a fire ant mound, you might kill a few fire ants, but not for the reason you may think. The carbon dioxide in club soda doesn't work to suck the oxygen out of an ant hill or suffocate the ants. All the club soda is likely to do is drown a few of them.

"You can get rid of fire ant colonies with boiling water."

This is a fire ant remedy that has been circulating for some time and there is a hint of truth to it. If you use enough boiling water, you can kill a fire ant colony because the mounds are generally aren’t that deep. But, not only can this method cause severe burns to the individual applying it, it is also only about 60 percent effective. This method also has the side effect of destroying the surrounding vegetation.

"Fire ants can't be controlled."

This misconception is exactly that: a misconception! There are several helpful fire ant prevention tips that South Florida homeowners can follow to deter these pests from their homes, though they will not completely eliminate the problem. In addition, pest control professionals use trusted products and methods to take control of fire ant problems. At Nozzle Nolen, we offer a variety of residential pest control options that include fire ant control! Now that summer is here, protection against these pests is priority number one; let us protect your Port St. Lucie home and yard from fire ants this season! For more information, give us a call today!


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