Think Fire Ants are only an Outside Nuisance? Think Again!
Fire Ants on your grass, sidewalks, parking lots or anywhere on your property pose a real threat to your business. That’s because these are areas where patrons and their children traverse, making them ready targets for fire ants and their stinging bites.
Even worse, fire ants that set up homes in these places can easily enter your establishment through tiny cracks and gaps in your foundation or under door plates. From here they gain access behind baseboards and walls, eventually locating food items inside.
Stings from fire ants usually develop into a tight pustule that itches and burns. Sometimes, the sting site can become infected. And, persons allergic to bee and wasp stings are especially susceptible because they can experience anaphylactic shock from these tiny creatures.
With 2.5 million tons of living fire ants in the Southeast – your property and your customers can easily become a target.
What to do if you suspect you may have fire ants on your property?
- Do not disturb any Fire Ant nests. Any disturbance may encourage the colony to move somewhere else and this can make eradication more difficult.
- Make sure that materials infested with fire ants are not wheeled across your landscape, spreading an infestation.
- Seal cracks and crevices where ants may come inside.
- Employ a professional pest service that can eliminate ants and their nests and prevent future colonies from forming.