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How to get rid of fire ants

One of the more dangerous ants that you might have on your property are fire ants. They are also known as red imported fire ants, which first came to the United States from Brazil in the 30s. They get their name from the fact that they are red in color and that they aggressively sting any threat that comes near them, producing an intense burning sensation in those who are bitten.

Fire ants sting by gripping the person they are stinging with their mandibles and then repeatedly plunging their stinger into the victim. They are venomous and the effects range from rashes and red bumps to nausea to more serious reactions.

Western Exterminator experts know how to get rid of fire ants. We remove them from your property and home and then work with you to find ways to keep them away. The first thing you need to do if you think you have red fire ants is call us at 800-937-8398 or use our online form to schedule an appointment.

Signs of fire ants

There are several signs that the ants you have might be fire ants. Red imported fire ants are very small, reddish/brown in color. They tend to stay outside, preferring to stay far away from people in the nearby homes. However, in their search for food, they can come indoors through even the tiniest of openings.

Red imported fire ants build mounds in the yard. These mounds look like hills of loose dirt. Unlike some other ants, there will not be a central hole near the top. Be cautious, however, since any perceived threat to the nest will cause hundreds of fire ants to swarm out of the mound and attack!

Fire ant bites

The venom from a fire ant sting is strong and produces a burning feeling. When a fire ant stings you, it can be painful around the bite. You may also experience swelling and itching, and blisters filled with pus may appear and exist for several days. If you are allergic to the venom of fire ants, you may have trouble breathing and experience throat swelling. In the case of serious allergic reaction, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Fire ant queen

Queen red imported fire ant queens are about ⅓ inches in length. Females fire ants that have wings depart from the mound and mate. Winged red imported fire ants like flying post-rain, in warm conditions. The fire ant queen then generally drops to ground level, gets rid of her wings and initiates a colony by digging a hole.

Mature red imported fire ant queens are capable of laying hundreds of eggs per day. Hatching occurs after 7 to 10 days. A red imported fire ant colony can have one queen or it can have multiple queens.

Getting rid of fire ants

Western Exterminator professionals can look at your property and discern if the ants that are inside your home or in your yard are fire ants. If you think there is even a chance you might have fire ants, it's better to call in the professionals than to try and take care of the problem yourself.

Western Exterminator fire ant specialists know the right equipment and protection gear to use for how to get rid of fire ants. They are also trained to use the latest methods of treatment to remove the fire ants and prevent them from returning. We use an integrated pest management approach that will use the least amount of chemical treatment possible, and look for ways to prevent them from returning.

Western Exterminator gets rid of fire ants

We will work hard to remove fire ants from your property. We will work with you to find the right treatments to remove the fire ants and then advise you on how to prevent their return. We remove the fire ants safely and effectively for you and your family.

If you think that you have the threat of fire ants on your property, don't risk stings to your pets or family and turn to the professionals with an understanding of how to get rid of fire ants. Call the experts at Western Exterminator at 800-937-8398 or you can fill in our online form to schedule an appointment.

Fire ant control near you

Fire ants are common in Western U.S. states such as Arizona, California and Nevada. They can be a real problem in front and back yards for homes and businesses in cities such as Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Las Vegas and other cities in climates which are warm throughout the year. This makes fire ants a year round problem and Western Exterminator the experts who can get rid of fire ants and prevent them from returning.

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