Lawn Fire Ant

 

tampa-pest-control-fire-ants-5Lawn fire ants appeared in the United States sometime after World War II and are believed to have been transferred through South American grass sod or woody plants that are commonly used in landscaping. With no natural predators in the United States, the ants soon flourished.

 

The federal government recognized them as a serious threat sometime in the late 1950s. Efforts were made to destroy them by using WWII bombers to dust millions of acres with poisons. The results were less than acceptable since not only the fire ants died, but also opossums, dogs, birds, fish, raccoons and cattle.

 

With mounds being located in open areas such as fields, pastures and lawns, the fire ant will feed mainly on young plants, seeds and insects such as crickets, but fire ants do attack small animals and will work together to kill them by biting and spraying acid on the wounds.

 

Their voracious scouting for food has been known to damage crops such as soybeans, blueberries, peanuts, sunflowers, watermelons, blueberries, cucumbers, pecans, eggplant, corn, okra, strawberries and potatoes. They will destroy crops by foraging directly on the plants or the insects that are on the plants.

 

Fire ants will also feed on seedlings and seeds that are germinating. They have been known to chew tree bark and the tips of citrus trees or feed on the fruits of the tree.

 

The venom of fire ants is composed of alkaloids such as piperidine and the sting swells into a bump. This can cause much pain and irritation at times, especially when stung repeatedly by several ants. The bump often forms into a white pustule, which is at risk of becoming infected if scratched; however, if left alone, it will usually flatten within a few days. The pustules are obtrusive and uncomfortable while active and if the sting sites become infected, can turn into scars. Additionally, some people are allergic to the venom and as with many allergies, may experience anaphylaxis, which requires emergency treatment.

 

Victims who experience severe or life threatening allergic reactions to fire ant stings should visit a doctor or hospital immediately upon contact as these reactions can result in death. These more severe reactions include severe chest pain, nausea, severe sweating, loss of breath, serious swelling or slurred speech.

 

At NaturZone we have Fire Ant programs designed to protect your property, people and pets by employing the latest green pest control technologies.

 

Call us now toll free at 1-866-390-PEST (7378) or click here for a free no obligation quote.

Fire ants appeared in the United States sometime after World War II and are believed to have been transferred through South American grass sod or woody plants that are commonly used in landscaping. With no natural predators in the United States, the ants soon flourished.

The federal government recognized them as a serious threat sometime in the late 1950s. Efforts were made to destroy them by using WWII bombers to dust millions of acres with poisons. The results were less than acceptable since not only the fire ants died, but also opossums, dogs, birds, fish, raccoons and cattle.

With mounds being located in open areas such as fields, pastures and lawns, the fire ant will feed mainly on young plants, seeds and insects such as crickets. But fire ants do attack small animals and will work together to kill them by biting and spraying acid on the wounds.

Their voracious scouting for food has been known to damage crops such as soybeans, blueberries, peanuts, sunflowers, watermelons, blueberries, cucumbers, pecans, eggplant, corn, okra, strawberries and potatoes. They will destroy crops by foraging directly on the plants or the insects that are on the plants.

Fire ants will also feed on seedlings and seeds that are germinating. They have been known to chew tree bark and the tips of citrus trees or feed on the fruits of the tree.

The venom of fire ants is composed of alkaloids such as piperidine and the sting swells into a bump. This can cause much pain and irritation at times, especially when stung repeatedly by several ants. The bump often forms into a white pustule, which is at risk of becoming infected if scratched; however, if left alone, it will usually flatten within a few days. The pustules are obtrusive and uncomfortable while active and, if the sting sites become infected, can turn into scars. Additionally, some people are allergic to the venom and as with many allergies, may experience anaphylaxis, which requires emergency treatment.

Victims who experience severe or life threatening allergic reactions to fire ant stings should visit a doctor or hospital immediately upon contact as these reactions can result in death. These more severe reactions include severe chest pain, nausea, severe sweating, loss of breath, serious swelling or slurred speech.

At NaturZone we have Fire Ants programs designed to protect your property, people and pets by employing the latest green pest control technologies.

Call us now toll free at 1-866-390-PEST (7378) or click here for a free no obligation quote.