Fire Ant Control & Treatment in Palmdale, FL
Does your lawn, golf course, or commercial property have fire ants? If you have seen one then there are surely thousands or even millions more. You need control and treatment. Don’t think three times about calling Fire Ant Control, LLC if you are in this situation and you live in or around Palmdale, FL.
What is a Fire Ant?
What is a fire ant? It’s among several species of ants in the genus Solenopsis, which includes more than 200 species worldwide. It is typically reddish brown in color, lives in a colony with thousands of other ants, and has a sting that gives it its “fiery” name.
Several species of fire ants are found in the U.S., but the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) is considered the worst of all varieties. They can be identified by their deep red thorax and black abdomen and their aggressive behavior.
Red imported fire ants are hard-working architects. They build nests outdoors in mounds of soil and live beneath them in an elaborate network of underground tunnels. Oval-shaped mounds average 10” tall, are about as wide as a dinner plate, and have no visible openings.
Thousands of fire ants live in just one fire ant colony. Properties 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.
A lack of noticeable mounds may make you think you haven’t been infested with fire ants or that they’re under control, but don’t be fooled. They are most likely there… and increasing the size of their colony.
How Fire Ants Harm Your Crops & Trees
Fire ants can cause girdling and allow roots to be exposed to the air, thus drying out root systems. They can kill crops and trees. They tunnel into the base of young plant stalks and into potato tubers. They collect plant seeds and then scatter them around their mounds, affecting plant distribution and abundance.
Fire ants eat:
- Young saplings and seedlings
- Germinating seeds of plants, wildflowers and grasses
- Developing okra
- Citrus fruit
The Fire Ant Control Solution
Fire Ant Control, LLC is a recognized specialist in controlling red fire ants on any size or type of land. The potent, food-like granular bait we use contains an insect growth regulator that sterilizes the queen and is approved for use around people, pets, livestock, as well as on pastures, hay fields and farmland.
Worker ants eat the bait and carry it down into the colony, causing the fire ants to die naturally. Extermination is not immediate but, once the queen has been sterilized, the entire colony will disappear, and no new ants will be born.
Our service is guaranteed for four months. Because fire ants fly, they will eventually come back. For this reason, we recommend having your property treated three times a year to keep these troublemakers under control.
If you need more information about what can be done about these pests, give Fire Ant Control, LLC, a call today at (239) 312-8200 to schedule a free consultation. If you are in Palmdale, FL, then don’t hesitate to call for control and treatment today.