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How To Tell If The Ants Around Your West Palm Beach Property Are Dangerous
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How To Tell If The Ants In West Palm Beach Are Dangerous


Are These Ants In My Home Dangerous?

We have many different species of ants in West Palm Beach. It isn't surprising when area residents see ants crawling around outside or inside their homes and wonder if they are ants that bite. We have pavement ants, Argentine ants, acrobat ants, sugar ants, ghost ants, Big-Headed ants, Caribbean crazy ants, carpenter ants, fire ants, white-footed ants, and on and on and on.

With so many different types of ants in South Florida, how do you tell which ants are dangerous to your health or property and which are not? Fortunately, the list is short for dangerous ants.

Fire Ant Control In West Palm Beach, FL

Fire Ants

If you live in West Palm Beach, we don't have to tell you that fire ants are a problem. When these ants come into your yard, they can take over. This leads to lots of irritating little stings. As they encroach upon your foundation walls, they can get into your exterior trash and climb in through entry points in your walls. It can be a nightmare to deal with these ants.

If this was the extent of the threat, it would be enough. But fire ants can present a unique threat to people who are allergic to their venom. A reaction to a fire ant sting can be far more than a small, itchy welt. Symptoms include hives, itching, trouble breathing and swallowing, cramps, nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, and more.

In rare cases, there can be a rapid reduction in blood pressure. This can lead to shock and a loss of consciousness. These symptoms don't happen immediately. They can take minutes to develop, or even as long as two hours.

It is important to understand the threat fire ants in West Palm Beach present to infants, the elderly, and the infirm. If fire ants bite you, you're able to brush them off and move away.

Those who can't are at greater risk for multiple bites. There is nothing more frightening than to think that your child was crying for one reason and then to realize fire ants got up into their car seat which you placed momentarily on the ground. Fire ants aren't just an irritation. They can be a serious threat.

Fire ant identification: You can usually tell a fire ant by its reddish brown coloration and dark abdomen. If you're able to catch an ant and examine it closely with magnification, you can look at the waist of the ant for help with identification. Fire ants have two nodes between the thorax and abdomen.

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