Fire ants are identified by their dull red body coloration and the stinger on their abdomen. Their name derives from the distinctive burning sensation accompanying a fire ant sting, which is assumed to be caused by the venom. Fire ants are about 1/8″ to 1/4″ long, with a reddish-brown to reddish black body coloration. These ants tend to live in large colonies, and it is best to call a professional pest control service if they are seen.
Everything You Need To Know About Fire Ants
How Do I Get Fire Ants?
Fire ants prefer warm, sunny conditions. They tend to build their mounds in dry fields and avoid shady areas such as woods. Typical mounds can grow up to 61 cm in diameter and 18 cm high — these colonies can contain several hundred thousand ants, including at least one queen. Red imported fire ants may also move into yards due to infested nursery plants or grass sod being used in the home's landscaping. For this reason, it's important to carefully inspect any new plants or grass sod before bringing them home from a nursery or lawn supply store.
Are Fire Ants Dangerous?
Fire ants are tiny, but their sting packs a big punch.
When these insects attack, they first use their mandibles to clamp down on their victims and inject venom through a stinger. Ants typically act in large numbers so that multiple stings can occur. Fire ant stings cause red bumps and white pustules that lead to scarring.
How To Know If I Have A Fire Ant Infestation?
Fire ants can take over a neighborhood if they're not stopped in their tracks.
These pesky insects can quickly become problematic for homeowners and businesses alike. If you do spot these ants on your property — whether it be one or hundreds — contact the professionals at Jamison Pest and Lawn. We'll keep your property safe from a fire ant infestation so that you can enjoy your property without worries!
Best Fire Ant Treatment & Control In Tennessee
Trust Jamison Pest and Lawn to be there for you. Our experts visit your property, taking time to inspect every nook and cranny inside and out. Based on their findings, we'll craft a customized treatment plan for your specific infestation — as well as any damage that has been done as a result of the ants.
Keeping bugs at bay and other pest-related problems from plaguing your home or business is a challenge but we're here to help you overcome. At Jamison Pest and Lawn, we're locally owned and operated and have been in business for 18 years — which means that we've come up with ways to solve bug issues that work in Tennessee and Mississippi.