What Are Fire Ants?
Fire ants are an invasive species of ants that thrive in warm, moist habitats. There are four types of fire ants, the red imported fire ant, southern fire ant, desert fire ant, and tropical fire ant – all of them recognized for their reddish-black color. The red imported fire ant has been disrupting homes and businesses in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas since the 1950s. While fire ants would establish their nests in any soft soil, they favor open and sunny areas like lawns, golf courses, pastures, parks, and meadows. They may also establish colonies in decaying tree bases, logs, and stumps. These ants are a competitive and aggressive species that when disrupted will rush in and swarm up surfaces (like your arms or legs), ready to bite or sting. Their stinger produces fire ant venom called solenopsin, which is very painful and leaves itchy and burning blisters that can last for a week.
To get rid of these invasive species and avoid their painful stingers, it’s best to invest in professional fire ant control services. At EcoStar Pest Control, our fire ant control treatment involves the use of special injection treatments and bait products to kill off colonies and infestations. The Two-Step fire ant control method is another effective treatment, which involves spreading or “broadcasting” bait 1-2 times a year, as well as targeting individual mounds in problem areas with treatments like insecticide to further reduce fire ant populations. If you are planning to avail of fire ant control methods to remove any mounds and colonies, it’s best to schedule it from late August to October, before the species’ foraging activities slow down during the winter. Our team of fire ant control experts have the expertise and experience to guide you and give you professional insights on how to eliminate and prevent fire ant infestations for good.