The Red Imported Fire Ants get their name from their ability to inflict painful stings. These reddish brown ants are an invasive species found everywhere in the southern U.S.
The Red Imported Fire Ant builds large mound nests that are flattened and irregular in shape. They are between 2 and 4 square feet in size and are often introduced into new areas through potted plants, tees, shrubs, and sod. They usually nest in soil near structural foundations or in landscaping. Although these ants are most often found outdoors they can gain access to buildings through foundation cracks, windows, and improperly sealed doors.
The Fire Ant will sting humans who disturb it's nest. The sting can be very painful and often results in a raised welt that becomes a white pustule. Most often when a person disturbs a Fire Ant mound the person will experience several stings from more than one ant. Some people have severe allergies to the sting of a Fire Ant and will require medical attention and / or antibiotics.
Inspections around the home to prevent the ant from entering is the first step to prevention of an infestation. Sealing any and all ways they might enter the home is paramount. Granular baits can be broadcast around the home's exterior. Keep wood debris piles away from the house along with keeping the lawn mowed and trimmed around the home. In severe infestations you may employ the help of a pest control professional who may also recommend chemical treatments in conjunction with the above mentioned methods.
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