fire ant on branch

What are fire ants?

Territorial, aggressive, and frustrating are just some of the words used to describe fire ants. Fire ants not only deliver painful bites and stings, but they cause other problems as well. They are an invasive species, take over properties in large numbers, and drive away native species of ants and other insects. Adult fire ants grow to between an eighth and a quarter of an inch long and are reddish-brown, red, black, or multi-colored.

close up on fire ants

Like most other ants, fire ants are omnivores and eat various foods, including fruits, sugars, insects, meat, seeds, grease. Gardens, trash cans, recycling bins, pet food, outdoor eating areas, and compost areas all act as feeding grounds for fire ants and are things that attract them to Texas properties. Unfortunately, having fire ants nesting on your property or traveling into your yard to forage for food is less than ideal because of their ability to swarm in large numbers and deliver painful stings to people and pets.

Are fire ants dangerous?

Fire ants are dangerous; they deliver painful, venom-filled stings, and they ruin your ability to enjoy your yard. Having fire ants nesting on your property makes it impossible for your pets and kids to run, roll, or skip through the grass without fear of being attacked by these pests.

Fire ants are aggressive and defend themselves and their nests without a care for the damage they are causing. Being stung by these pests will result in an intense burning sensation and a welt around the bite site. Those with an allergy to stinging insect venom should take great care around fire ants as their venom is potent enough to trigger anaphylaxis.

Why do I have a fire ant problem?

Fire ants are most active when temperatures are between 70° and 90°F, making Texas a place that these problematic pests thrive. Like other ants, fire ants are social and work together to care for the colony and gather enough food to feed all its members. These ants work day and day and are continually moving around the yards of properties they are nesting on. Any of our Texas yards that offer fire ants food sources or a place to nest could become overrun by these pests.

Where will I find fire ants?

Fire ants are usually found nesting in open sunny areas; they stay away from shade. Their affinity for sunshine is often why our yards often make the perfect place for these ants to create their nests. Their nests may be raised or flat but are usually irregular in shape and have several entrances.

When fire ants are nesting on a property and feel threatened, they will “bud” or divide their members and create a new nesting site to protect the colony. Their ability to bud means that you could start with one fire ant nest on your property and end with multiple nests!

How do I get rid of fire ants?

Don’t let fire ants make your yard a place you can’t enjoy with your pets, family, and friends! The secret to getting rid of fire ants is to partner with the professionals at Chase Pest Control! Since 1997 our family owned and operated business has been dedicated to protecting people and properties in Montgomery County, Texas, against fire ants and other area pests. We know how stressful dealing with fire ants can be and offer the effective services necessary to eliminate these pests as quickly as possible so you can get back to enjoying your outdoor space! 

Learn more about our reliable services and effective fire ant control solutions in Conroe, TX by giving Chase Pest Control a call today!

How can I prevent fire ants in the future?

When it comes to preventing problems with dangerous fire ants, it is always best to partner with a professional. In addition to implementing professional pest control services from Chase Pest Control, the following tips will help you avoid problems with fire ants.

  • To stop fire ants from moving into your home to forage for food, inspect your the exterior, sealing any spaces or other entry points you discover.

  • Limit their access to food on your property by keeping lids on trash cans and recycling bins. Keep outdoor eating areas free of food debris and maintain garden areas.

  • Fill in bare spots in your yard that fire ants could take advantage of and use as a nesting site.

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