Anyone who has been a resident of Fort Worth, Texas for long knows the unseen threat that fire ants pose to homeowners. These pests can seemingly spring up in your yard overnight in the form of large dirt mounds. Not only can they ruin your yard but their bites are extremely painful and pose a threat to children and pets. The painful stings can even be life-threatening if you have allergies and can cause anaphylaxis in just a few minutes. That’s why fire ant control in Texas is a necessity rather than a luxury. Here is everything you need to know about these dangerous pests so you can keep you and your family safe.
Fire ants have become ingrained in our brains as a native pest to the American south but they actually aren’t. Fire ants were imported to the U.S. on fruit trucks and ships during the 1930s. When they arrived there were no natural predators to hunt them and they found the climate to be similar to that of South America. Over the next few decades their populations exploded and today they can be found in every southern state in the country and even in some northern states.
Fire ants are not just dangerous pests they are also destructive lawn pests. Fire ants dig underground tunnels that can stretch as far as twenty-five feet and house anywhere from 200,000 to one million ants. As you can imagine, that would require a lot of room underground and a lot of dirt to be moved. That dirt winds up on the surface where it smothers and suffocates your grass and can damage lawn mower blades if you aren’t careful. As the colony grows, the ants also feed on the tender roots of your grass which will cause it to yellow and die on the surface. If you don’t know what the problem is you could end up treating the wrong issue.
Usually, the first signs of fire ant activity are the dirt mounds but, by the time you see them, the colony is already incredibly large. Colonies can reach up to half a million ants and spread out over an acre. Use extreme caution when identifying fire ants.
Never go into battle with fire ants unprepared. Killing as many ants as you can seem satisfying but it’s also pointless. A queen can live up to seven years and lay up to 1,000 eggs a day which means she’s replacing them as soon as you kill them. The only effective way to eliminate fire ants is by killing the queen and that is no easy task.
Our fire ant control program is guaranteed to keep fire ants out for up to one year.
We don’t just defend your yard from invasive pests. We also protect your home with our perimeter pest control program.
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