Imagine, if you will, a pest that invades in immense numbers and that is capable of inflicting painful stings that can cause a sensation, not unlike burning. If you are dealing with a fire ant infestation on your Orlando property, you don’t have to imagine! That’s exactly what you are dealing with.
Fire ants are an invasive species of ant that have settled across the southern United States, including here in Orlando. They have become a common invasive pest in the area, which means Orlando property owners need to be mindful of them. It is important for you to know what your options are should these dangerous ants overrun your property.
What Do Fire Ants Look Like?
Fire ants are dark reddish-brown in color and grow to be about 3/8th of an inch long. They derive their name, not from their red coloring, but rather the burning sensation caused by their stings. Fire ants build large, irregularly-shaped mound nests, generally between two and four square feet. Although they typically build their nests outside near soil or landscaping, they have been known to make their way inside of homes and businesses through HVAC systems and other openings around building exteriors.
Are Fire Ants Dangerous?
Fire ants are considered to be dangerous ants. That’s because they can inflict extremely painful stings if they feel threatened. Often misidentified as a bite, the stings from fire ants result in a burning sensation in the afflicted area and can also induce welts and white pustules. What’s worse is you will usually be stung by more than one fire ant at a time as they tend to reside in groups or their nest. This means escaping with only one sting is unlikely.
Although the stings from fire ants are painful for most everybody, people who are allergic to fire ants really need to take caution. Fire ant attacks on people who are allergic to them have been known to cause death in some instances. If you come across fire ants on your property, either inside or out, do not try to touch them or their nest. Otherwise, you could wind up in serious pain or worse.
Why Are Fire Ants So Hard To Get Rid Of?
In addition to being able to inflict painful, potentially fatal stings, fire ants are also hard ants to remove from a property. That’s because they can relocate their nests incredibly efficiently if they feel they are being attacked or threatened. This means if you endeavor to deal with fire ants on your property without the proper equipment and expertise, you could simply wind up moving the nest and will probably incur several painful stings in the process. Therefore, if you come across fire ants on your Orlando property, contact the professionals for assistance right away.
What To Do If Fire Ants Invade Your Property?
In the unfortunate occurrence that fire ants build their nest somewhere on your property, or if they make their way inside your home, do not attempt to take care of the issue on your own as this can lead to injury or worse. Instead, contact the trained pest professionals here at Green Flag Services for assistance.
Not only will we effectively eliminate any fire ant infestation, but we also offer ongoing residential preventative services to ensure your home remains pest-free. You can rest assured there aren’t any fire ants making their way into your yard and home. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact Green Flag Services today.