Fire Ant Control & Treatment in Clermont, FL
If you have ever had or been exposed to a fire ant infestation, then you know how serious it can be. Fire ants can damage property and livestock, and they can cost you or your business time and money. If you think you have a fire ant problem, then contact Fire Ant Control, LLC for control and treatment. If you are in or near Clermont, FL, then do yourself a favor and pick up the phone.
Life Cycle of a Red Imported Fire Ant
Red imported fire ants mate during flight – about 300 to 800 feet in the air. The male dies soon after mating while the mated female drops to the ground, sheds her wings, and searches for an appropriate place to start her colony.
This new queen tunnels into the ground and seals herself inside it to lay her first dozen or so “worker ant” eggs. The worker brood develops in 20 to 25 days, opens the nest (mound), and starts foraging for food to care for their queen as she turns into an egg-laying machine – laying up to 1,500 eggs per day over her lifetime of two to seven years! Worker ants typically live from 30 to 180 days after emerging as adults.
In addition to workers and a queen, mature fire ant colonies contain thousands of males and females capable of flight and reproduction. Many of these fire ants will eventually leave the nest to mate and form new colonies.
Fire Ants and Their Mounds
Red imported fire ants are hard-working architects. They build their nests outdoors in mounds of soil and the colony of ants lives beneath them in an elaborate network of underground tunnels.
Fire ant mounds are round, flattened mounds of loose soil about the size of dinner plates, with no visible openings. They are formed by ants pushing up soil as they tunnel through the earth.
Property with single queen colonies may have 40 to 150 mounds and about 7 million red fire ants per acre. If infested with multiple queen colonies, there may be 200 or more mounds and up to 40 million red fire ants per acre.
Mounds operate somewhat like solar roof panels, regulating temperatures and moisture conditions in the colony below to provide the best conditions for reproduction.
When soil temperatures are hot enough, such as during summer months, the mounds are less important, but they help provide warmth during cooler times of the year and help the fire ants survive severe weather.
A lack of noticeable mounds may make you think that you haven’t been infested with fire ants or that they’re under control, but don’t be fooled. Their colonies can still be expanding right under your feet, sight unseen.
To control them, take advantage of the services of Fire Ant Control, LLC. We are fully licensed and insured. Our bait is regulated and approved for use on public and private lands. On private property, there is no re-entry interval which means you, your family, your pets and other animals can walk anywhere at any time after a treatment has been applied.
To learn more about what can be done to help you control and treat fire ants, give Fire Ant Control, LLC a call at (239) 312-8200. From small residential lots to properties with thousands of acres, our guaranteed service is the most effective and affordable fire ant killer. If you are in or around Clermont, FL, then call us today.