Why Fire Ants Are Difficult To Eliminate From Your West Palm Beach Property
September 11, 2020
We’ve all heard the old saying about ants at a picnic. How when they show up, they tend to spoil the whole affair. Unfortunately, when it comes to fire ants in West Palm Beach, a spoiled picnic is the least of your worries. Fire ants are aggressive ants and are prone to sting at a moment’s notice. Furthermore, they’re next to impossible to get rid of if they do build a nest on your property.
That’s why it’s important for you to know your options should your property become infested with fire ants. If you don’t, you could wind up spending a lot of time, money, and energy on solutions that turn out to not be solutions at all. Don’t let that happen to you.
Identifying Fire Ants Around Your Property
Fire ants are, relative to other ant species, a smaller ant that ranges in size from ⅛ to ¼ of an inch long. They are a uniform reddish-brown color and have segmented bodies with six legs, antennae, and mandibles.
These pests can also be identified by their peculiar looking nests which consist of flattened mounds that are irregularly shaped. Their nests can be anywhere from two to four feet in size.
Threats Posed By Fire Ants
Fire ants are extremely aggressive compared to other ants. They will not hesitate to attack humans or animals if they feel they or their nest has been threatened. Additionally, they are capable of inflicting extremely painful bites and stings. The sting from a fire ant may leave a burning feeling in the afflicted area which is where they derive their fiery name from. Also, more often than not, it will be more than one ant that attacks which can result in many painful stings. In addition to being painful, fire ant stings are known to cause serious allergic reactions in certain at-risk people. That’s why it is extremely important to deal with any fire ant infestations around your property immediately.
The Pitfalls Of DIY Fire Ant Treatment
Oftentimes, people will elect to get rid of fire ant infestations on their own. However, this is not recommended as most people underestimate just how difficult it can be to fully eradicate a fire ant infestation. This is because when a fire ant colony is attacked or destroyed, the ants will disperse making it very hard to control them. Following this, they will recolonize nearby, sometimes forming several new colonies, which will take you back to square one or worse off. Many DIY fire ant treatments only eliminate a portion of the infestation which is not wholly effective.
In addition to this, when you elect to get rid of a fire ant infestation on your own, you run the risk of opening yourself up to potential bites and stings.
The Best Way To Get Rid Of Fire Ant Infestations
If you do find yourself dealing with a fire ant infestation, don’t delay and please contact the trained pest professionals here at Native Pest Management.
Here at Native Pest Management, we have over 50 years of combined experience. That means we have the expertise and the experience required to effectively remove any fire ant infestation you might be dealing with. Additionally, we will work with you to take the proper steps to prevent any future infestations.
Don’t let your property be overrun with fire ants. Give us a call today!