How to Treat Fire Ant Bites
Fire ant bites and stings can cause a wide range of reactions, from intense itching and swelling, to severe life-threatening anaphylactic shock. Find out how to treat the stings from the experts at Fire Ant Control, LLC.
Red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) infest more than 330 million acres across the southern U.S. and pose a serious public health threat, injuring more than 20 million adults and children each year with their stings.
Outside of calling licensed pest management professionals, there is no “best way” to kill fire ants. The key to controlling them is to take quick action to minimize the damage they cause, and Fire Ant Control, LLC is the best fire ant killer around.
Headquartered in Bokeelia, Florida, Fire Ant Control, LLC, and our sister companies, serve the entire imported fire ant quarantine area of the southeastern U.S., and are capable of treating up to 1,000 acres per day on public and private land.
What to Do If You Get Stung
Most people are aware of the pain that red imported fire ants cause when they bite and sting. When their mounds are disturbed, hundreds of ants will swarm out of the ground and aggressively sting intruders within seconds. Unlike bees, they can sting multiple times and survive to sting another day!
- Move away from the fire ant mound as quickly as possible.
- Remove the ants from your body. If you think they’ve gotten into your clothes, remove your clothes.
- If you start to experience breathing difficulties, swelling of your throat or tongue, nausea or vomiting, or tightness in your chest, call 911 right away or seek immediate medical care at an emergency room or hospital.
- Wash with soapy water and remove dirt to prevent infection. Elevate the affected area and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. Relieve itching by applying hydrocortisone cream, or take an antihistamine.
- If a blister forms, and it probably will, do not pop it. This can cause the bite to become infected. If this occurs, seek medical attention right away. You may need antibiotics.
- Fire ant bites can take time to heal. If your symptoms don’t subside within a couple of days, you could be allergic and should see a doctor.
Why Risk More Bites? Call Fire Ant Control Today!
Fire Ant Control’s proven fire ant treatment focuses on sterilizing the queen. The potent granular bait we use is ingested by worker ants and carried 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 within weeks, and no new ants will be born.
Because fire ants fly, however, they will eventually come back. For this reason, we recommend having your property treated three times a year to prevent further fire ant colonization.
For more information on how to treat fire ant bites and how to protect your property from damage and destruction, get in touch with Fire Ant Control, LLC. Our services are fully licensed and insured, and guaranteed for four months. Call us today at (239) 312-8200 for a free estimate!