Those Annoying Fire Ants

Fire ants are one of the major infestation problems facing families in the southern states of the U.S. as west as Texas and up to the Carolina’s. As one of the most persistent pests found in the U.S. building colonies of between 100,000 and 500,000 ants employing an ant pest control company with the knowledge and experience of eradicating fire ants is a must.

One thing we can be sure of when discussing fire ants is the aggressive behavior displayed by the ants when their colony or territory is invaded by an animal or object, including human beings of all age and sizes. When the fire ant colony is threatened either accidentally or on purpose the insects will swarm over the object biting it, which in humans causes white lumps to appear on the location of each bite over the following 24 hours. This can be particularly dangerous for toddlers and babies who cannot move quickly or knock the insects off themselves. Fire ants can move 100 feet from their colony in their search for food.

Fire ants do not cause damage to the structure of lawns, but can invade an area and form a colony with a large domed nest on a lawn or cracks in sidewalks. Once established it is difficult to remove a fire ant colony without the aid of a professional ant pest control company. Fire ant colonies grow at an alarming rate as they are not native to the U.S. and have few predators in America compared to their native home of South America; it is thought fire ants crossed into the U.S. on boats carrying soil from South America to Alabama before spreading across the south.

Once established a fire ant colony can grow rapidly to include around 500,000 of the species because the insect builds its colonies with more than one queen in each nest. Each queen in a colony can lay between 1,500 and 2,000 eggs per day, which can add up to a large colony when the lifespan of a queen commonly consists of multiple years.