If you are doing battle with red imported fire ants in Maitland, FL, Fire Ant Control, LLC, can help protect your residential, agricultural, or commercial property from damage and destruction.
Red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) were inadvertently brought from Brazil into the port of Mobile, Alabama, in about 1930. Thanks to their remarkable mating talents and overall aggression, they are the worst of all fire ant species. Their stings can occasionally be fatal, though this is uncommon.
Headquartered in Bokeelia, Florida, Fire Ant Control, LLC, and our sister companies serve the imported fire ant quarantine area of the southeastern U.S. We can treat up to 1,000 acres per day.
The Hazards of Red Fire Ant Infestations
Fire ant bites or stings can cause considerable pain. When the ground around their mounds is disturbed, hundreds of worker ants will swarm from underground and aggressively sting whoever or whatever is standing nearby.
Although the terrible pain will subside, some people are allergic to the bite’s venom and may experience itching, swelling, and redness. It’s also possible for anaphylactic shock to occur, which requires prompt medical attention to prevent a deadly outcome.
One of the features of a fire ant population that is the most damaging is how it can affect other life forms in an area. Not only can a colony take down a weakened or newly-born large animal, such as a farm animal, but fire ants can do a number on beneficial bee populations as well as native ants.
The destructive pests also affect machinery and electrical equipment, eating through power lines, wreaking havoc with traffic lights, junction boxes, air conditioning equipment, and damaging machinery, irrigation, and transformer boxes.
Get Rid of Your Fire Ants
If you see just a few fire ants or mounds, you may think they are under control. Think again! South Florida is prone to year-round infestations of fire ants.
A property infested with single-queen colonies will typically have 40 to 150 mounds and about 7 million red fire ants per acre. A property with multiple-queen colonies may have 200 or more mounds and up to 40 million red fire ants per acre!
Without a reliable fire ant killer, you are risking an attack. When gardening, pruning, or mowing in your yard, you may accidentally disturb a mound and be aggressively swarmed and stung by fire ants.
While the pain from a fire ant bite subsides rather quickly, it is not unheard of for people to be allergic to their venom. This can cause prolonged periods of pain or swelling and, in severe cases, can lead to life-threatening complications.
Careful application of Fire Ant Control’s potent, food-like granular bait will kill the ant colonies from the inside out. When the worker ants have eaten the bait and carried it down into the colony, sterilizing the queen, no new ants will be born, and the colony will disappear. Within weeks, your property will be 85-95% free of fire ants.
To keep fire ants from damaging your Maitland, FL property and harming your family, friends, and animals, give Fire Ant Control, LLC, a call today at (239) 312-8200 to schedule a free consultation and get started with your first treatment.