One of the many joys of living in such a tropical, beautiful place, is sharing it with all of the insects that also call Florida home. Fire ants, however, are the neighbor that can wreak havoc on your home if you are aren’t properly treating them.
Why Fire Ants Are Bad
Most people think of fire ants as being a problem because of their painful sting. When a fire ant feels threatened, it will release pheromones to call for help from its friends. They will rush to the ant’s side and will all sting you, causing you to have many painful, red welts, usually on your feet and ankles. Additionally, each ant can sting you multiple times. Ouch! The majority of people will be fine, albeit sore, but a small percentage of people can actually go into anaphylactic shock and/or die from the sting of a fire ant. Fire ants are nothing to mess with.
Fire ants pose a serious public health threat, injuring more than 20 million adults and children each year with their stings. They also cause harm to very young animals, to caged and penned animals, to newborn animals if they lie down or are born on or near a mound, to weak animals that suffer from wounds or open sores, and animals that are old and unable to move out of harm’s way.
You Must Get the Queen
Because the tunnels to their mounds run deep, killing the fire ants on the surface is a short-term solution to a long-term problem. They must be stopped by sterilizing the queen. She is the sole reproducer of the colony, so once she is unable to reproduce, the whole colony will eventually die off.
You should avoid using expensive and sometimes dangerous solutions like chemical liquids and sprays. These will most likely not kill off the whole colony. Nothing is more frustrating than taking the time to treat your fire ants only to have them return quickly and continue their infestation.
Fire Ant Control, LLC is a recognized specialist in controlling red fire ants on any size or type of land. Our potent, food-like granular bait contains an insect growth regulator that sterilizes the queen and is approved for use around people, pets, livestock, and 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 is sterilized, the entire colony will disappear, and no new ants will be born.
We guarantee that our treatment will rid 85-95% of the fire ants from your residential, commercial or agricultural property for four months at a time, or your money back.
When you are treating fire ants in Florida, it is important to remember that there are no overnight solutions. However, with treatment from Fire Ant Control, LLC, you can be fire-ant free. Give us a call at (239) 312-8200 for a free estimate and to schedule your first treatment. Whether you own a home or a commercial property, we guarantee we have the best solution to your fire ant problem!