All You Need to Know about Fire Ants

January 29, 2015

pest control servicesHave you ever been bitten by fire ants? If you have, you know what an intense and extremely uncomfortable experience it is. If you haven’t, consider yourself lucky. Just in case you have a run-in with fire ants (as they are fairly common here in Florida), we’re going to tell you all you need to know about them; how to identify them, what to do if you’ve been bitten, and how to get rid of them if they are in your yard.

 

How to Identify Fire Ants

These ants are quite similar to the normal ant you think of, but watch for a lighter colored head and a brown body (not black). In your yard, watch for large mounds usually under some cover (rocks, logs, etc.) or in the middle of a large, open space.

 

What to Do If You Get Bitten

First, wash the bite with cool water. Then try using ice on the area. Do not scratch! Watch for allergic reactions, especially if you have never experienced a fire ant bite before.

 

How to Get Rid of Fire Ants

If you have a fire ant infestation in your yard, you will want to take care of it quickly! Some people try pouring boiling water on top of the nest, but most of the ants will survive and relocate. These ants are hardy and can live through a lot. To make sure you eradicate the population, call us at The Other Side Lawn & Ornamental Pest Control, Inc. We can solve the problem permanently and professionally.