Nobody likes fire ants except other fire ants. If you’ve ever had the misfortune of accidentally kicking a fire ant mound, you know how fierce the little pests can be. They attack in swarms. They bite viciously, and they don’t stop until they drive any invaders away from their home. Fire ants have spread across Texas and into the southeastern states. They cause millions of dollars in damage to farms and nurseries.
What You Need to Know About Fire Ants
In the spring, fire ants mate. Winged queens fly away to establish new colonies within a few feet or up to a mile away from the original colony. Their social structure is similar to wasps. The males are for breeding purposes only. Sterile drone workers perform the day-to-day work around the hive. They also tend to the eggs and pupae. In the event of an emergency like a heavy rainstorm, the drones carry the pupae and eggs to the surface, so they aren’t trapped beneath the ground.
Red imported fire ants are the most aggressive type. An attack on a vulnerable elderly person or infant can be deadly. Some people are allergic to the fire ant’s venom. They can suffer anaphylactic shock if they get stung. Repeated stings can cause hives, shortness of breath or even death.
Damages Fire Ants Can Cause
As we mentioned, fire ants are an extremely aggressive pest. They post a threat to the health of your family and your pets. Fire ants also can cause a lot of damage to your yard and lawn. Fire ants can burrow underground disturbing the root growth of your plants and shrubs. Fire ants have been known to attack gardens as well. They feed on plants in a flower bed or food in a vegetable garden and will attack anything that prevents them doing so. Don’t take on a fire ant infestation on your own, call a professional fire ant exterminator
Contact Fire Ant Professionals
Only a professional exterminator should handle the control of fire ants. At B&B Exterminating, we know how to take the sting out of a fire ant infestation. We’ve been doing it for over 79 years. If you think you have fire ants on your property, call B&B Exterminating for a free, no-obligation examination and estimate.