Fire ants are notorious pests, known for their aggressive nature and burning, painful stings. For you and your family’s safety, is important to know these essential facts about fire ants:
Fire ants are invasive.
They are native to Brazil and Argentina and were introduced to the United States in the early to mid-1900s. This makes fire ants a relatively new problem for US homeowners to deal with when compared to other pests.
Mounds can be found anywhere.
While fire ants prefer to create their home mounds in sunny, wide-open areas, they will also nest under rotting logs, rocks, bricks, and houses for shelter. They dig deep, and their tunnels can extend 1 to 3 feet below the surface of the soil.
Colonies can have multiple queens.
Fire ant colonies can have anywhere from one queen to a small group of queens. The more queens present in a colony, the more worker ants can be produced. So long as a single queen survives, the colony will continue to reproduce and grow.
Fire ants reproduce quickly and live longer than you think.
A single queen can lay up to 1,000 eggs per day. While each worker fire ant may only live for 5 to 8 weeks, the queen will live up to 7 years. She will continuously produce more ants over her entire lifespan.
Fire ants are more than a nuisance; they are a dangerous pest to have in or near your home. If you have questions about fire ants or suspect an infestation, please contact us today.
According to Penn State’s Department of Entomology, the carpenter ants, like termites, invades homes and starts excavating wood structures to make its nests. They are different from termites, an important distinction, as pest control methods are different for the two insects.
The presence of carpenter ants inside a house does not necessarily mean that they have established a nest inside the home. Some carpenter ants establish colonies in dead logs, tree stumps, or hollowed-out trees outside the home and enter in search of food. The fact suggests that a good way of controlling carpenter ants would be to remove dead wood from within 100 yards of the house.
Carpenter ants generally do not create tunnels and nests inside dry wood but favor wet, rotting wood and insulation to make their colonies. Rarely will an infestation threaten the structural integrity of a house, but structures built near wooded areas are most at risk. Many nests inside the house turn out to be satellite colonies related to the main colony located just outside the home.
Besides clearing wood from around the house, homeowners can help stop carpenter ant infestations by making whatever repairs are needed for roofs and replacing any wet, rotting wood that is in the house. You should seal holes where pipes and wires enter the house.
Because of the difficulty of finding a nest inside the house and the toxicity of many pesticides, getting rid of a carpenter ant infestation is a job for a professional. For more information on getting rid of carpenter ants or any other pest problem, contact us.