Keeping Fire Ants Out of Tequesta Homes and Yards
August 17, 2018
Picture this: You and your family are enjoying a lovely evening in the backyard. You’ve eaten dinner and now the adults are relaxing while the kids play in the yard. Suddenly, a scream pierces the quiet evening, then another. You jump to your feet and run to the child who has started to scream.
You quickly notice tiny ants swarming all over his feet as red, hive-like bumps appear on his skin. Your son has accidentally upset a fire ant nest and their response to the disturbance was both immediate and aggressive.
As terrible as this scenario sounds, it is neither made up nor uncommon. Fire ants are dangerous pests and, for the protection of your family and your pets, you do not want them anywhere near your home!
How to Spot Fire Ants
Fire ants in Tequesta prefer warm, humid areas and are often found nesting in areas of loose, moist soil. You can identify where they’ve built their nests by the large mounds of dirt they create to use as the entrance and exit point to the nest.
If you discover one of these mounds, the next step in identification is seeing the fire ants themselves. Fire ants are small, reddish-brown colored ants and if you see them, you’ll definitely want to keep your distance.
Problems That Fire Ants Cause
The greatest problem that fire ants cause is their painful stings. When they feel threatened, no matter how small the provocation, these ants will attack aggressively. When they sting, fire ants inject a toxin into their victim that causes an immediate painful burning sensation.
Fire ants can bite again and again, and given their propensity to swarm, the likelihood of receiving dozens, if not hundreds, of these bites is very high. The likelihood of this occurring is especially high for babies, young children, the elderly, people who are disabled, or anyone who cannot get away from the attacking ants quickly.
In some cases, the toxin from fire ant bites can even cause an anaphylactic reaction which will require immediate medical treatment and, in some cases, can result in death.
Fire ants can also cause problems by invading homes. While they prefer to build their nests outdoors, these ants sometimes seek shelter from the summer heat by finding their way inside. They may also find their way inside homes while searching for food.
Once inside your home, fire ants can contaminate your food, cause damage to electrical equipment which can then pose a fire hazard, destroy your houseplants, and even damage your insulation if they end up nesting within the walls of your home! In addition, once they get inside your home, the chances of you, your family members, or your pets provoking them and being attacked becomes much greater.
How to Keep Fire Ants Out of Your Tequesta Home
In order to prevent fire ants from invading your home, here are a few simple strategies you can implement
- Make sure to fill in any cracks or crevices in your home’s foundation, walls, and near your windows and doors as these are easy entry points for fire ants.
- Do frequent visual checks for fire ant mounds around your yard. If you find one, do not disturb it. Instead, have it treated by the professionals.
- Keep food and drinks covered when outdoors. The odors from food and drinks can attract fire ants.
- We recently wrote an article on the fire ant prevention tips, additional tips can be found there.
- Call in the professionals. Fire ants are not a pest you want to try to eliminate on your own. Because of their aggressive nature, there is a good chance you’ll end up covered in painful bites.
Nozzle Nolen offers two plans of attack for treating Tequesta fire ants or a combination of the two, depending on your individual needs. We control fire ants with broadcast bait applications as well as individual mound treatments. If you suspect you have a fire ant issue either inside or outside your home, contact us at Nozzle Nolen Pest Solutions!
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