Interesting Facts About Fire Ants

Written by Posted On Thursday, 18 July 2019 22:31

Fire ants control is a difficult process, and different strategies are used for different types of ants. Eliminating the queens and the eggs in their nest is an effective remedy for getting rid of fire ants. But for you to control them you need to have full information about them.

1. The Queen measures about an inch and has a darker red color. These ants are very aggressive and have a painful sting that can raise health concerns. Their aggressive behavior can also damage electrical tools, driveways, sidewalks or roads.

2. Their mounds built out of the soil and can be found in sunny areas, around trees, under pavement, around buildings or near rotting wood. If the mound nest is disturbed, worker ants will pour out and defend it aggressively.

3. Not every colony has the same structure. Both single queen and multiple queen colonies can be found naturally. Single-queen colonies will contain between 100,000 and 240,000 worker ants while multiple queen colonies will have as many as 500,000 workers. Their average lifespan is between 30 to 180 days, which can be reflected in their size. The queen, however, lives for 2 to 6 years. The lifecycle spanning from egg to grown is between 22 and 38 days.

4. Colonies expand primarily through mating flights. Budding can also occur when parts of a colony break off into an independent unit. Reproductive swarmers are produced after a colony becomes one year old. The mating flights will typically begin shortly after on a sunny day. Because of this reproduction method, as many as 97,000 queens can occupy a single acre of land each year. Each queen is capable of producing 1,500 eggs per day and is the only producer of eggs within the colony. This can make fire ants tough to remove from an area.

5. Ants that live outside the house come into the house in search of food. To control the ants, the cracks, and crevices in the corner and edges of walls have to be sealed properly so that the ants are unable to come inside the house. The walls should be wiped properly with an insecticide to scrub off any chemical left by ants.

6. Fire ants prefer to eat high protein foods, but they will eat almost any animal or plant matter. Honeydew, which is found on a variety of plants, is a favorite. Soft scales, white flies, and aphids produce the honeydew. Fire ants may harvest these insects as well to add to their food source. Treating the insects that produce honeydew may help Fire ants control population in an area.

7. Fire ants build mounds in lawns, meadows, and other sunny, open fields. You’ll find sandy mounds of fire ants most prominent after rainfall. You may also see fire ants in your laundry room after a drought or flood. In the backyard, fire ants many use trees as a nesting place, but this won’t hurt the tree in most cases.

8. Fire ants provide their type of pest control. In congested urban areas, they feed on mites, cockroach eggs, and flea larvae, decreasing the number of bothersome insects without pesticides. They have benefit in agriculture, keeping crop-destroying insects at bay.

9. When disturbed, they emerge, crawling up surfaces to sting humans and animals. They are Sensitive to vibrations, fire ants sting when a person or animal moves. The venom from fire ants causes allergic reactions in one percent of the population. Do not scratch a fire ant sting; it may get infected. It should diminish within a few days. Victims of these multiple fire ant bites recover without lasting health problems. If you develop excessive swelling and itching or shortness of breath after a red ant bite, seek medical care immediately.

For more info about fire ants, contact Pest Control Canberra Company.

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Lois Carson

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