Anyone that has lived in Florida for any length of time is no doubt familiar with the fire ant. From the laymen’s point of view, they live in large colonies, attack in groups, and are extremely aggressive with a painful sting. What most people do not know is how to rid themselves of these creatures. Most people have likely tried everything from insecticide to gasoline and still have the same ant problem.
Why Are There Countless Fire Ants?
The fact that fire ants love the sunny Florida heat and look for places with no shade makes yards, fields, and parks in counties like Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Manatee quite susceptible to a fire ant infestation. It is typical for mounds to pop up after there has been a lot of rain. The North American fire ant is special. This species of ant has a few special characteristics that no other ant in the world possesses. A fire ant colony can actually have multiple queens that live anywhere from two to seven years. These queens lay more than a 1,5000 eggs in a single day and that can lead, over a few months, to colonies of more than 100,000 fire ants.
Dangers To Florida Homes & Businesses
For Florida homes the main danger comes from the fact that fire ants like to gather near and inside of electrical junction boxes, circuit breakers, and air conditioning units. Damage done to the wiring can cause short circuits that can cause a malfunction or, even worse, a fire. Fire ants will also find their way into relays, motors, gas meters, water meter boxes, and walk along pipes right into your home or business. These type of damages can become quite costly, especially because most people do not notice the destruction until the fire ant damage has caused a problem. It is still unknown why fire ants are so attracted to these types equipment.
Dangers To Humans
As far as a physical danger to humans, these fire ants do bite and sting. This sting contains an alkaloid poison and can sometimes cause severe reactions in humans. Most of the time, these reactions are not severe enough for medical attention, but are quite uncomfortable. The stings of fire ants are very painful and will continue to have an allergic reaction for a few days. If you have out of the norm symptoms such as nausea or sweating, you should seek the medical advice of a doctor. Anyone that find that the symptoms gets worse, like excessive itching , should also seek medical attention.
Small animals are at a much greater physical risk. Many small animals can die from repeated fire ant bites. Believe it or not, this does happen with some frequency. If your pet has encountered fire ants they can show a wide variety of symptoms and signs. The symptoms range for itchiness, welts, nausea, vomiting, seizures, and even unconsciousness. Your pet might show signs of being in severe pain and if should be taken to the veterinarian immediately. Anyone that owns animals that spend even a small amount of time outside should quickly contact a pest control service.
How To Get Rid of Fire Ants
This is a good time to talk about pest control services. Pest Control Solutions & Services offers a wide variety of services and fire ant control is just one of them. Most pest control companies will only service the house and a perimeter around the house that extends outward by a few feet. Pest Control Solutions & Services offers an annual pest control service that covers a 3000 square foot home for just $267. That is less than any other pest control company and it actually covers the entire yard.
The Amazing Enemy
There is no other Florida pest that is outright hated the way the fire ant is. After living in Florida, most people find themselves just stepping over and around these colonies in their yard. It is a sad fact that such a dreaded pest can become accepted in this way. The fact is that they are incredibly hard to eradicate. There is no easy solution, or do it yourself way to get rid of a fire ant infestation. A single crumb, the tiniest particle of food, or a single bead of water can attract them and even feed them for a short period of time.
A single fire ant goes out of the search for food and, once it finds a deposit, leaves a chemical trail back to the colony so that the other ants can follow the trail back. This is an amazing system. It explains why a single line of ants can be seen going to a piece of food. These are creatures that were built to survive.
There is a solution to a fire ant infestation. Pest Control Solutions & Services can be reached at 727-343-3234 and service Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Manatee counties in Florida. As stated before, for only $267, the entire yard and the home can be treated for a whole year! This includes homes up to 3000 square feet. Fire ants are dangerous to pets, small children, and adults as they will aggressively attack anything, no matter how big. Fire ants can cause permanent damage to homes and to electrical equipment. The time to act is now. This is the pest control company that will treat the entire yard, where the biggest problem is, and not just a couple of feet around the house. Today is the day to say no to fire ants. If you have a fire ant infestation, you need to protect your family and Florida home before serious damage is done! Pest control is the only way to eliminate a fire ant problem.