More than just a nuisance, fire ants can cause harm to both structures and people. It’s important to know how to spot a fire and what steps to take if you notice an infestation. Allow us to answer frequently asked questions about fire ants and explain how National Exterminating can help:
How can I identify a fire ant?
Knowing how to identify a fire ant is the first step in staying safe from their bite and sting! The following are three prominent identifiers of a fire ant:
- Size: 1/8” to 1/4″ long
- Color: reddish brown to reddish black
- Features: abdominal stinger & head mandible
Why are fire ants dangerous?
When fire ants are provoked, they will storm out of their mound and attack the provoker. When they climb onto a human or animal’s body, they will bite down on the skin and repeatedly insert venom into the victim via their stinger. Most people will experience an itchy, burning sensation along with welts. Some people may have an allergic reaction to the venom, causing anaphylaxis to occur. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening condition and professional medical attention needs to be issued immediately.
In addition to fire ants being a danger to your health, fire ants can disrupt agricultural stability, cause structural problems, and be a source of damage to electrical equipment. If you notice fire ants or a fire ant mound, call National Exterminating right away.
When are fire ants most active?
Fire ants thrive in cool to warm temperatures, typically when the weather is in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and early 90’s. Unfortunately, in Georgia, this can be roughly 9 months out of the year! Fire ants are most active in spring, summer, and fall months, and will seek dry areas during rainstorms or periods of intense rain. That’s why homeowners may see an influx of fire ant activity after wet, rainy weather.
What should I do if I see a fire ant infestation?
First, do not disturb a fire ant nest. Keep children and pets away from the colony, as their venom can have an intensified reaction in their smaller bodies versus an adult body. Second, give National Exterminating a call right away.
Our team of trusted pest control technicians will assess the situation, discuss treatment options with you, and implement an effective fire ant pesticide. Our treatment is 100% safe for humans and pets, and 100% deadly for fire ants.