Bright red and packing a powerful sting, fire ants can quickly go from nuisance to emergency when infesting your property. Texas Bug Control provides effective fire ant control services to safely eliminate these aggressive pests. This comprehensive guide covers our proven treatment methods, prevention tips, service plans, and answers common fire ant questions.
Fire Ant Facts
Before exploring fire ant control, it’s helpful to understand what makes these insects so problematic:
- Fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) are stinging ants native to South America. They were accidentally introduced in the United States in the 1930s and have spread throughout the southern states.
- Mature fire ant colonies contain 200,000+ workers protecting large earthen mounds. New reproductive queens periodically emerge to expand colonies.
- Fire ants clamp onto skin with sharp mandibles and inject venom through their stinger. The stings trigger a burning sensation and fluid-filled pustules.
- Fire ants are very defensive, swarming rapidly when disturbed. They bite and sting repeatedly, making control difficult.
- Colonies rapidly rebound after setbacks. Queens survive indoors or underwater for long periods until conditions improve.
These traits equip fire ants to be formidable home invaders capable of establishing persistent infestations. Texas Bug Control’s specialized treatment regimens control fire ant hazards.
Professional Fire Ant Treatments
Our pest control experts have the commercial-grade products and knowledge to safely decimate fire ant infestations:
- We perform thorough inspections of your entire property to locate all fire ant mounds and foraging trails.
- We have access to the latest professional-use insecticides not available to homeowners. This includes delayed-action baits that worker ants carry back to destroy colonies.
- We use calibrated commercial spray equipment to evenly penetrate treatment across every square inch of soil. This eliminates escapes between applications.
- We treat the full scope of your grounds and landscaping where colonies reside, not just visible mounds. This prevents nearby untreated areas from reinfesting.
- We offer ongoing scheduled treatments like quarterly maintenance programs to prevent fire ant colonies from rebounding each season.
Safety and Satisfaction Guarantee
- Our non-toxic treatments are pet and family-friendly when applied. We guarantee elimination or provide free callback treatment if needed.
DIY Fire Ant Challenges
Attempting do-it-yourself fire ant control with over-the-counter baits and mound treatments has some drawbacks:
- Inability to determine the full scope of infestation across a property without professional inspection.
- Choosing the wrong products or application methods that fail to maximize effectiveness.
- Not achieving sufficient concentrations or distribution across all infested zones.
- Failure to eliminate queens and larvae deep underground, allowing colonies to rebound.
- Lack of strong enough commercial-grade insecticides available without a pest control license.
- Overlooking important prevention recommendations to avoid future reinfestations.
The superior training, products, equipment, and methods make Texas Bug Control the safer, more effective option for stubborn fire ant infestations.
Frequently Asked Questions About Fire Ants
How long does it take for fire ants to die after treatment?
With our professional treatments, 70-90% of foraging worker ants die within a few days, but the colony may take 4-8 weeks for complete demise. Consumer mound treatments work slower over 2-3 weeks.
What scent do fire ants hate?
Fire ants dislike strong odors like citrus, mint, vinegar, garlic, and ammonia. However, these are only repellents and do not kill ants long-term without additional control methods.
Will fire ants go away on their own?
No, fire ants thrive in warm climates and will not go away permanently without repeated human intervention. Their resilient colonies just rebound and spread without diligent control efforts.
What temperature kills fire ants?
Sustained cold below freezing is needed to disrupt fire ant activity. Short freezes do not eliminate them completely. High heat above 120°F also kills fire ants when sustained.
What time of day are fire ants most active?
Fire ants forage most actively in the cooler hours of early morning and late afternoon. Midday heat and darkness limit their activity. Adjust watering and lawn care accordingly.
Are fire ants attracted to anything?
Fire ants seek out food sources and water. They also tunnel toward electrical fields, sometimes invading junction boxes. Following ant trails leads back to attractions like compost piles.
How do you find the fire ant queen?
The queen resides deep underground protected by workers, making her hard to locate directly. Bait treatments that worker ants bring back to her are the most reliable way to eliminate queens.
How do fire ants make their mounds?
Fire ants excavate soil with mouthparts and deposit small pellets around the opening, gradually forming above-ground mounds. Some have multiple entrance holes with interconnecting tunnels underground.
Will fire ants attack pets?
Yes, ants will bite and sting dogs, cats, or other pets disturbing a mound. Keep pets away from ant infestations. Insecticidal pet shampoos can repel ants on pets. Seek veterinary care if they seem in distress.
Are fire ant mounds dangerous?
Fire ant mounds pose a physical danger to people and animals because of painful stings. They can also damage lawns, gardens, electrical equipment, and structures over time through extensive tunneling.
Fire ants qualify as much more than a nuisance due to the safety concerns and property damage potential of their large colonies. But consistently applying prevention, chemical and non-chemical Texas Bug Control treatments makes it possible to eliminate fire ants from your surroundings for good. Partnering with our professional pest control team optimizes results, especially for severe infestations. Taking action against fire ants restores peace of mind and the ability to safely enjoy your outdoor spaces again.
Don’t tolerate fire ant threats any longer – contact Texas Bug Control today to discuss customized fire ant elimination for your home or business! Our friendly experts are ready to answer your questions and provide effective, affordable fire ant control services.
Texas Bug Control works to eliminate fire ants in residential and commercial buildings across Allandale, Andice, Austin, Barton Creek, Bee Cave, Brushy Creek, Cedar Park, Daffan, Del Valle, Dripping Springs, Jollyville, Jonestown, Georgetown, Green Shores, Hutto, Lakeway, Leander, Liberty Hill, Manor, Mueller, Oak Hill, Onion Creek, Pflugerville, Round Rock, Rough Hollow, Tarrytown, The Hills, Wells Branch, West Lake Hills, and Windemere.