They’re small, but their presence on our lawns can have big consequences. Fire ants are one of the most aggressive insect species and will attack anything they perceive as a threat. Unfortunately, they also ruin the appearance of our lawns by building mounds. Thankfully, the experts at North Georgia Lawn have experience dealing with these pernicious pests.
The sting from one fire ant can cause severe pain for all and direr allergic reactions for some. Apart from the burning sensation, their bites might be accompanied by white bumps at the sting site. If you are unfortunate to fall into the small percentage that is badly allergic, you can expect to have all the discomfort of the sting, plus vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and nausea. And in the worst-case scenario, anaphylaxis – a life-threatening condition in which the throat closes up. Unfortunately, it’s not something you can really predict until it happens to you. So you essentially have to cross your fingers and hope for the best if you get bitten. That’s why controlling fire ants proactively is such an important part of lawn care. If you leave things to chance, you could quite literally be gambling with your life.
Aside from biting, fire ants can damage property, ornamental plants, and electrical equipment like air-conditioning units or electrical/phone lines. However, scientists aren’t sure why, but fire ants seem to be drawn to electrical currents, and they can damage them or other buildings by creating nests within electrical wires and boxes. Fire ant mounds can also destroy the lawn by digging up the soil and smothering the grass beneath the weight of the mound.
Fire ants took the concept of an anthill and decided to be overachievers about it. Unlike pavement ants, which are the tiny black ants that build humble mounds on our sidewalk cracks, fire ants create enormous mounds wherever they please – even in the middle of our lawns! And unlike pavement ants, fire ants are extremely aggressive. If you get too near their mound, even if you’re not intentionally trying to antagonize them, they could swarm you. Pets and children are most susceptible to fire ants since they’re more likely to play on the lawn. But even doing something like mowing the lawn could be perceived as a threat by fire ants. Apart from the larger mounds, another way to know you’re dealing with fire ants is the coloring – they can be black or red. In addition, they tend to be bigger than your average ant – up to 1/4″ in length. They prefer sunny open areas of your yard, which is why they are such a scourge for golf courses – plenty of sunny open spaces there! Also, fire ant mounds do not have an opening in the center, as pavement ants produce.
Sometimes in life, we can take a wait-and-see approach, and a problem might resolve itself on its own. Fire ants are not one of those circumstances. The most common species of fire ants we
see in Georgia are the southern fire ant, the tropical fire ant, and the red imported fire ant. They can form colonies that contain between 40 and 150 mounds per square acre and up to seven million ants! The longer you wait to address a fire ant problem, the worse it gets. And by the time you see a mound emerging, it’s already too late. Finding a mound in your yard means that the colony is already well-established beneath the soil, and now they’re expanding upwards.
To combat this problem, you’ll need to enlist the help of North Georgia Lawn. We use a spot treatment that targets the mound(s) in your yard so you can get back to enjoying your outdoor space once again. Our products coat the ants with poison, and they will carry this poison back to the queen. The queen of the colony is the key to eradicating fire ants. Without her, the colony cannot survive. By the time she’s feeling ill, most of the ants will have ingested the poison, and it’ll be too late for them. You can have peace of mind once again knowing you and your family are protected.
If you live near Alpharetta or the north Atlanta metro, and you’ve got a problem with fire ants on your property, leave it to the experts at North Georgia Lawn. We are a lawn maintenance and pest control company with 19 years of experience. Our fire ant spot treatment will quickly rid your property of annoying and harmful fire ants so you can enjoy your yard in peace. So don’t let fire ants ruin your backyard paradise! Give us a call at (678) 508-0050 or contact us online to learn more.
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