Do you remember playing outside on the grass as a kid, running around without shoes on, and laying down wherever you wanted to? There really isn’t anything quite like it. Even as adults, it can sometimes be fun to just take your shoes off and enjoy the feeling of grass between your toes. This fun, for kids and adults, however, can be cut short if fire ants are around. If your yard has painful fire ants, today is your day to stand up and stop them. Here is our secret that you can use to get rid of and keep fire ants off your Houston property.
Everything You Need To Know About Fire Ants
Fire ants are just like any other species of ants, except for a few differences. For one fire ants prefer hot weather and dry soil to build their nests. This is why it is rare to find fire ant nests anywhere in the shade. Depending on the species of fire ants, their body color can range from reddish-brown to reddish-black. As for size, fire ants are fairly average and can grow to be anywhere from ⅛ of an inch to ¼ of an inch in length.
How Dangerous Fire Ants Can Be
Most ants you find in or around your home are not a threat at all and cannot bite or sting you. Fire ants, on the other hand, are equipped with both stingers and powerful mandibles they use to bite. If they feel you are threatening them or their home, they will use these tools to inflict harm. This at the very least will leave you with a patch of burning red welts across your skin. If you are allergic to insect venom, this reaction could be worse and require medical attention. Make sure you know whether or not you have allergies towards stinging insects, as having an EpiPen available to counteract anaphylactic shock might mean the difference between a painful sting and a fatal one.
How Hard Are Fire Ants To Treat For?
One thing you should know about fire ant colonies is that they typically have more than one queen. This can make elimination extremely difficult, as it only takes one surviving queen to fully repopulate a nest. Keep this in mind before you try to handle a fire ant infestation on your own. If you are committed to trying to handle fire ants on your own, here are a few things you should never try. These actions won't fully eradicate your fire ant problem, and they are dangerous and/or damaging.
- Drowning a colony with a steady stream of water. (This will not only not solve your problem but it can overwater your yard which can lead to other problems.)
- Pouring gasoline or chemicals into nests. (This can damage your yard, and make re-growing grass extremely difficult around these areas.)
- Lighting nests on fire by any means. (Doing this will damage your yard, and can lead to more serious fires if dry brush or leaves are around.)
- Using fireworks or explosives to blow up nests. (This is just dangerous and will leave holes in your yard.)
The Best Way To Handle A Fire Ant Problem
When it comes to getting and keeping fire ants off of properties, no-one does it better than the professionals here at GreenForce Pest Solutions. Our family of dedicated pest control experts has the tools and experience needed to handle even the toughest pest problems facing you and your home.
Give us a call today to schedule fire ant control services for your Houston yard. Unbeatable service awaits.