October 7, 2020

Why Is It So Hard To Get Fire Ants Off My Beaumont Property?

Not all ants are harmless foragers. Some colonies can pose a legitimate hazard to your health and property. Fire ants certainly fit the bill, and to make matters worse, they are some of the toughest pests to get rid of. Learning how to spot the signs of a fire ant colony and what you should do (and not do) to eliminate one may just save you from learning these lessons the hard way

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What Are Fire Ants?

Fire ants are tiny invasive pests that make up for their small size with their aggressiveness and truly astronomical numbers. Unlike other ants that harmlessly forage for crumbs and food traces, fire ants are omnivores, both foraging and hunting for food sources. You can spot them by looking for the following traits:

  • Color: Fire ants are red ants, pretty unique for any North American species. This is often the surest way to tell them from other ant populations.
  • Colony: Fire ants specifically prefer dry, loose soil to form their tunnels in. Unlike other ants, which form hills or mounds, fire ant colonies burrow straight into the ground, leaving openings around the surface as evidence.
  • Bites: The painful punctures that people experience when swarmed by fire ants are actually stings, delivered with a venomous barb on their rear ends. People mistakenly call them “bites." Suffice it to say, they are no fun at all.

The Dangers Of Fire Ant Colonies

Most ant species are considered nuisance pests -- not harmful to people or property. Fire ants are considered hazardous pests, ones that can do serious harm if left untreated. Here are some of the worst problems that come with a fire ant invasion:

  • Stings: Fire ants deliver painful burning stings as a way of warding off invaders, from other insects all the way up to large animals and people. 
  • Allergies: Fire ant stings contain chemicals that people can be dangerously allergic to. Just like bee stings, the consequences of discovering a fire ant allergy can be severe.
  • Hardiness: All ant colonies number in the thousands, but fire ant colonies can number in the millions. They are also able to survive common elimination attempts.

Why Are Fire Ants Hard To Get Rid Of?

Not only can fire ants hurt you, but they also aren’t easy to get rid of. While all ant populations can be difficult to completely eradicate, fire ants have unique traits that allow them to survive extermination attempts and punish anyone foolish enough to disrupt their territories. Unlike common ant colonies, fire ants can “bud” or split off into distinct and fully-mature populations as a way of surviving. This process can literally multiply the problem if you handle fire ants incorrectly. That’s why it’s always recommended that you seek professional help for fire ant removal.

The Best Solution: Professional Assistance

With fire ants, it can be easy to get complacent. They’re just tiny little ants, after all, so what harm can they do? Hopefully, this blog has answered that question vividly: a whole lot. Rather than try to handle the problem on your own, which will almost certainly make it worse, turn instead to your local pest professionals. At Bill Clark Pest Control, our expert technicians know how to remove fire ant colonies in a way that’s safe for you and your loved ones. Even if you just want to get started on a peace-of-mind inspection of your property or start on preventative lawn treatments that can ward off pests of all kinds, we’ve got you covered.

Don’t risk the dangers of fire ants, contact Bill Clark Pest Control right away.


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