The first in this series of the Ultimate Guide to Fire Ant Control we learn how to identify these ants and not mix them up with Carpenter Ants, Pharaoh Ants, or even basic Pavement Ants. Our pest control technicians have come together to shared their insights in order to help you identify and then manage these fire ants.
Warning: Fire Ants can be harmful.. and are extremely difficult to control! Proper care is often needed when treating your grass or property for fire ants. Best to seek expert advice first, or call the ant control professionals to take care of them for you.
How to Identify Fire Ants?
You might have heard about fire ants in nature documentaries or from someone who has had the misfortune of coming in contact with these feisty creatures. As their name suggests, these are not your typical ant.
A fire ant is much bigger in size than a typical ant and has a distinct red color. They are most famous for attacking aggressively when disturbed, and since they live in colonies, disturbing fire ants can most definitely lead to painful consequences. But worry not, read through this article to get a good idea of how you can identify a fire ant in time and avoid becoming a target.
What do fire ants look like?
So, we've already mentioned that the tell-tale characteristic of the fire ants is the red color, but let's look at them in more detail.
There are many different varieties of ants, so you need to be sure whether what you are looking at is indeed a fire ant or not. Fire ants are brownish-red in color and generally range between 1/8 of an inch to 1/4 of an inch in length.
Fire ants are known for sticking together, literally and figuratively. They live in colonies, like many other insects, and most types of fire ants make mounds that can reach up to 18 to 24 inches in height. Occurring in tropical regions, fire ants have an impressive ability to survive in nearly any condition, though they do prefer humidity.
Think you do not have to worry about fire ants?
Think again, these ants have become increasingly common in North America, migrating in from Mexico and the southern US states. They are extremely aggressive and are known to destroy crops as well as hurt small farm animals to protect their territory.
Is a sting from a fire ant dangerous?
A fire ant's sting is extremely painful, to say the least. In fact, people allergic to it's sting can die as a result of the shock. A sting typical leads to pain, swelling, development of pustules, and may even result in chest pains, difficulty breathing, and nausea.
Even though it may not be lethal, calling in 911 is a must because you may be allergic to the sting, and that requires medical attention. Also, avoid contact and the possibility of getting stung altogether because fire ants generally exist in groups, and a single ant is known to sting multiple times.
Ways to deal with a fire ants
Lookout for mounds
Fire ants can be particularly difficult to handle. They start getting active around the spring season, so getting started now is a good idea. Look out for mounds and any strange looking ants and call in professional help if you have any doubts.
Call the Pros
If you fear that you have been the victim of a fire ant infestation, then do not panic. The main thing is not to go about dealing with the issue yourself, especially if you have unfamiliar with these types of ants.
Your best bet is to call for professional help. Ant Control services can accurately identify the type of menace you are facing and are well equipped to deal with the issue in the most effective manner. They identify the type of ants you may have and whether an action is necessary or not.
–> Next up, find out why we get fire ants here in BC
Westside Pest Control is the no1. Ant Control company in the lower mainland. In addition to fire ants, we also treat for Carpenter Ants and Pavement Ants. If there is a need for professional help contact one of the team today on 604-559-9060. After a few simple questions, free estimates can be given over the phone for fire ant removal.