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Fire Ant Prevention Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

May 4, 2018

Not much can ruin a perfectly good day faster than painful bites from a swarm of fire ants. Trying to have a relaxing moment in your yard, working in your garden, or doing any kind of outside project, can quickly become a nightmare if you accidentally choose a location where fire ants have decided to build a nest. While it is easy to ignore other, nuisance ants, fire ants are a different story.

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How Painful Are Fire Ant Bites?

Fire ants are extremely aggressive when their nest is disturbed. If they are provoked, they will swarm on the intruder, anchor themselves by biting the skin to hold it stable, and sting repeatedly. With the sting, they inject a toxin alkaloid venom called solenopsin, which causes pain. And the more times fire ants sting, the more painful it will become.

If you have ever had the experience of being swarmed and bitten by fire ants, chances are you remember the feeling. If you have not had the displeasure of being bitten by fire ants, the pain is instant and quickly turns into an itchy sensation that can last several hours--or even days. For most people, a fire ant encounter is simply a very unpleasant experience but, for some, it can be life-threatening. If a person is allergic to the venom of fire ants, a single sting can produce symptoms of anaphylaxis in just a few minutes.

For individuals who are unable to get away from the bites of fire ants, it can become a nightmare. It is important when caring for infants, the elderly, or the disabled in outside areas that you make a check for fire ant mounds.

Fire Ant Prevention Tips

  • Be careful where you sit or stand. If you are able to detect fire ant mounds and avoid them, you will be much less likely to be bitten.

  • Use sprays or bait to keep fire ants from invading if you are spending any time eating outside.

  • Keep food and drinks covered while outside. This will help prevent odors from luring fire ants, and other pests, close to you.

  • Partner with a professional pest control company.

How Nozzle Nolen Can Help

To prevent fire ants from taking over your yard, Nozzle Nolen offers several fire ant control methods. These include broadcast bait application, individual mound treatments, and a combination of the two. Contact Nozzle Nolen today if you have further questions or you would like to schedule service.


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