Fired Up About Fire Ants?
One of the biggest threats to a beautiful Georgia lawn is the presence of fire ants. Simply Green Lawn Care Plus experts fight this battle alongside homeowners to clear their yards of these pests and the ugly mounds they create as they dig tunnels for their colony beneath the ground. Continue reading to learn more about fire ants, the dangers they pose to vegetation, including trees, and how to prevent them from becoming a problem at your home or business. If they already are a problem, contact Simply Green today to schedule an appointment to eradicate them.
What are Fire Ants?
Fire Ants (red and black) are an invasive species of ants that originated from South America. They are called “fire ants” because of their painful sting and burning itch that can last around 10 days. It literally feels like your skin is on fire. Fire ants are known for their aggressive behavior, and they are capable of inflicting multiple stings on their victims. They do eat flea larvae, cockroach eggs, ticks and many other pests, but the problems they cause outweigh any good Fire Ants can do.
What do Fire Ants Look Like?
Fire ants are reddish-brown in color and range in size from 1/8 to 1/4 inch long. They have a distinct three-part body with a narrow waist, and their antennae are elbowed. Fire ants are commonly mistaken for other types of ants, such as pavement ants, but can be identified by their aggressive behavior and painful sting. When their nests are disturbed, they pour out as one to attack the intruder.
What Causes Fire Ants?
Fire ants are attracted to warm and humid environments, which is why they thrive in the southern United States, including Georgia. They build their nests in sunny areas with well-drained soil, such as lawns, gardens, and fields. Fire ants are omnivorous and will eat almost anything, including insects, small animals, seeds, and fruits.
How Do Fire Ants Spread?
Fire ants reproduce quickly. A queen ant can lay up to 1,000 eggs per day, and very quickly her nest can number between 100,000 and 500,000 if left unnoticed or uncontrolled. They can spread through natural means, such as mating and dispersal of winged ants, or through human activity, such as the movement of infested soil or plants.
Fire Ants Can Be Prevented.
- Preventing fire ants from invading your lawn is the best course of action. Here are some tips to prevent fire ants from becoming a problem:
Keep your lawn well-maintained, mowed regularly, and avoid overwatering.
- Remove any piles of debris or organic matter from your lawn, as these provide shelter for fire ants.
- Seal any cracks or gaps in your home’s foundation and around doors and windows to prevent ants from entering your home.
- Use caution when transporting infested plants or soil, and inspect any new plants before adding them to your yard.
- Consider using bait stations or insecticides labeled for fire ant control to treat areas with known infestations.
Want to get rid of Fire Ants?
If you already have a fire ant infestation, it is essential to act quickly to prevent the colony from growing. Here are some methods to treat fire ants:
Bait stations: Baits are an effective way to control fire ants as they contain slow-acting toxins that the ants will carry back to the colony, effectively killing off the entire colony.
Insecticides: Insecticides can be used to treat fire ant mounds directly, but they are not as effective as baits in controlling entire colonies.
Organic remedies: Some organic remedies, such as diatomaceous earth and orange oil, have been shown to be effective in controlling fire ant populations.
Professional help: If you have a severe fire ant infestation, it may be best to seek the help of a professional pest control company.
Simply Green is Here to Help!
Fire Ants are a common and frustrating problem for homeowners in Georgia, but with the right prevention methods and treatment options, they can be controlled. Simply Green’s mission is to help property owners maintain a healthy and vibrant lawn. Technicians are available now to answer questions or help develop a plan for Fire Ant control.
About Simply Green Lawn Care
Simply Green aims to provide the highest quality lawn care, mosquito control, and lawn pest control services to Georgia residents.
We are locally owned and operated which allows us to be accessible, attentive, and responsive for customers in Georgia.
Our well-trained team is easy to work with and determined to exceed expectations.
All our plant health care specialists are Georgia Department of Agriculture Certified and maintain their Category 24 applicators license.
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