fire ants buggingWhat’s Bugging You? Fire Ants

Damage: Fire ants are so called because their venom, injected by a stinger like a wasp's, creates a burning sensation. They are also active and aggressive, swarming over anyone or anything that disturbs their nest, be it wild animals, domestic animals, pets or people. An encounter with a fire ant nest can leave a lasting memory of burning pain, followed by tiny, itching pustules. Fire ant mounds interfere with farming and mowing operations and turn recreational fields into disfigured moonscapes. Fire ants have caused sections of roads to collapse by removing soil from under the asphalt.

Habitat: These pests prefer open, sunny areas such as pastures, parks, lawns, meadows and crop fields. They also build mounds in rotting logs, around stumps and trees, and in or under buildings. Red fire ants build mounds in almost any type of soil.

Breeding: This takes place during the nuptial flight of ants, when winged males and female ants couple and mate. After sperm is transferred to the female, the male soon dies. Females land, locate suitable nesting sites, lose their wings and begin laying eggs. The first brood of larvae is fed and cared for by the queen, and they develop into sterile female worker ants. Thereafter, her sole role is to lay eggs. Worker ants care for the queen and brood (eggs, larvae and pupae), construct and maintain the nest, defend the colony and forage for food.

Treatment: Because of their painful sting, it is best to leave treatment up to professionals. Our preventative maintenance Program will protect your home and family from fire ant infestations.

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Beebe’s Pest And Termite Control
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