Ants are small and all over the place, so people aren’t usually alarmed by them. They don’t realize how much of a threat the pests really are, particularly when it comes to health.
Many pests harbor germs, and ants are no exception. They can definitely cultivate sickness. On top of that, they can ruin your home, business, or personal effects. The destructive and dangerous fire ant species is rampant in Orlando. Learn more about how you can stop them with Green Flag Services.
How Do Fire Ants Behave? What Are the Hazards?
Fire ants are reddish-brown and 0.06 to 0.20 of an inch long. Two antennas top their heads, while a black stinger sits at the bottom. Six legs surround their figures. Though they don’t originate in North America, they can eliminate classes that do. Since these pests favor natural settings with plenty of warmth, you’ll find them in sunny zones outdoors. The more ground dirt that’s around, the more appealing a specific spot will be to them. Dry fields and lawns are rife with fire ants. Woody plots, such as forests, won’t be targeted by these bugs. When they start building their trademark mounds, grass sod, plant matter, landscaping, and soil will be wrecked.
It’s not unusual for fire ants to enter domiciles and establishments. In fact, it should be expected because they are often in yards. They will go straight to the kitchen to consume whatever food they can find. Examples are:
- Sugary items
- Eggs from arthropods
Other pests, both living and dead, will also be eaten by fire ants. Rodents, spiders, birds, ticks, and worms are some of the critters that will be preyed upon. With this in mind, you may have a larger invasion of insects and creatures happening. These ants are formidable and tough to eradicate for many reasons. One is that they quickly procreate in volume. Over 100,000 members can be in a single colony. In addition, the insects are known for re-distributing and forming multiple new nests.
Trying to step on a fire ant mound is a bad idea. You might be bitten and suffer intense physical reactions. These insects attack in groups. Commonly, localized pain and burning sensations come forth. Scarring and skin inflammation are also typical effects. Should you experience sweats, nausea, or an allergic reaction, seek medical attention right away. Individuals with pre-existing conditions or allergies will have more severe responses. Kids and senior citizens are especially susceptible too. Domestic animals can be harmed by fire ants as well; the pests can inject an alkaloid venom with their mandibles.
Is There a Way to Prevent Fire Ants?
Ants can pass through the smallest of holes, making preventative protocols a must. Perform the following tasks to discourage these insects:
- Patch up openings in utilities, windows, doors, and foundations.
- Have moisture malfunctions and leaks fixed soon as possible.
- Verify door sweeps and window screens are in good condition.
- Clean kitchen countertops, dishes, and cabinets thoroughly. Don’t forget to get around appliances.
- Vacuum rugs and remove garbage frequently.
- Use airtight canisters for food and trash storage.
- Promptly wipe up food spills.
- Place wood and greenery two feet away from the property.
- Try to keep free wood, such as carpentry panels, off of the soil.
How Will Green Flag Services Handle Fire Ants?
Commercial pesticides can be expensive. This is unfortunate because they generally aren’t worth it. They are limited in effectiveness and are sometimes quite toxic. We at Green Flag Services have industrial-grade treatments that are eco-friendly and safe. Our expert technicians will set up perimeter barriers and choose applicable interior and exterior solutions. Call us today for a free inspection and get started with our effective home pest control!