Fire ants are hard working, organized and dangerous to some. Fighting them is not easy. Sometimes their mounds are mistaken for dirt making them even trickier to tackle. Here is what to know and look for plus, how to treat a fire ant problem.
Identifying a fire ant mound
A raised mound looks like a pile of aerated dirt. This is the displaced soil from the ants digging tunnels underground. Fire ants create amazing and expansive tunnels underground. These are for escaping should anyone or anything dare to disturb the mound. Tunnels contain the eggs and larvae of the colony, along with countless worker ants.
Do not disturb.
When you disturb a fire ant mound, you might be shocked by the hundreds or thousands of ants that come rushing out. The agitated ants will bite and sting anyone nearby. Fire ant stings hurt a little when you just have one, though it is more common to be stung multiple times by multiple fire ants.
Dangers of fire ants
Blisters that develop afterward fire ant stings are allergic reactions, though some people develop more severe reactions. The areas immediately surrounding the sting may swell, burn, or itch. These stings and/or allergic reactions to the stings can be very dangerous to our children and our pets, especially if they are allergic.
While there are plenty of DIY fire ant “solutions” you can try, most are just chasing them around underneath your lawn. The best way to fight fire ants is with a bait system. A bait system does not disturb the mounds. When the mound is disturbed, fire ants get angry.
With this system, fire ants get the bait and return to their underground system of tunnels. They then “share” the bait with the army below your lawn. Lawn & Pest Solutions has the technology and expertise to provide season-long fire ant control treatment for houses.
Targeting the queen
Our efficient and effective treatments target the queen, not just the mound. In just two strategically timed bait applications, we typically wipe out 95% of your fire ants. We will visit two more times per year just to assess the effectiveness or apply more bait (if needed) at no extra charge.
Give us a call or click here and we will send out a licensed technician to address your fire ant issues! We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee areas with lawn and pest services.