How To Identify A Fire Ant Infestation On Your Property
There are several different species of fire ants that live around the globe. Here in Hot Springs, the most common species is the red imported fire ant. This pest is ⅛ to ⅜” long, dark reddish-brown, and has a darker colored abdomen. You are most likely to find these bugs around dry areas of your yard that get a lot of sunlight. Identify a fire ant nest by its lack of a central entrance/exit hole. Another way to identify a fire ant nest is by accidentally stepping on it with bare feet and feeling tiny pinpricks of pain from hundreds of fire ant bites and stings! One thing to know about fire ants is that they can build nests indoors. They are most likely to do this during the fall and winter months or when floods roll through.
All The Problems With Fire Ants On Your Property
When you think about fire ants, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Most people think about the pain they cause with their bites and stings. The majority of the pain fire ants cause comes from the venom in their stings. Fire ant venom causes immediate sharp burning pain and is followed by mild pain and an itching sensation. If you are allergic to insect venom, be especially cautious around fire ant mounds in your yard. If you are not allergic and are attacked by these pests and are looking for how to treat fire ant bites, we recommend applying a soothing ointment to the affected area like hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion and then covering it with a dry and sterile bandage.
The Trick To Getting Rid Of Fire Ants On Your Property
If you are actively dealing with a fire ant hill in your yard and you need these pests gone fast, look no further than Advanced Pest Control. We offer detailed solutions to help homeowners around Hot Springs fight back against annoying, invasive, and dangerous pests. You will be hard-pressed to find a fire ant treatment in Hot Springs better than what we are offering. All you have to do is give us a call today!
Five Eco-Friendly Tips To Prevent Future Ant Infestations
Once you address a fire ant infestation on your property, your next step should be to put in place some preventative measures. Here are five eco-friendly tips to prevent future infestation.
- Repair damage to your home’s exterior and fill in holes, gaps, and cracks in its foundation.
- Make sure all of your window/door screens are in good working conditions.
- Install door sweeps under all of your exterior doors.
- Clear out a two-foot perimeter around your home’s exterior to keep it dry.
- Remove trash, dropped food, and clutter from your yard.
Contact the experts at Advanced Pest Control to learn about our year-round pest control and discover how our Hot Springs pest control options can work for you.