These red and black crawling ants are not only irritating, but they can also be dangerous in large numbers. Fire ants have a red head and thorax and a black abdomen. Their bites deliver small amounts of venom. If you have a fire ant population growing in your home or on your property, don’t approach it! Keep pets and children away from the mound as well. Get the Burns treatment so you can enjoy your property with ease.
Fire ants can be found typically nesting in the ground, with their characteristic dirt mound on the surface. They are working insects and nest in colonies. One colony of fire ants can have as many as 250,000 workers!
Fire ants are omnivorous insects – eating other insects, worms, spiders, and even young vertebrate animals such as birds, rodents, and calves. These ants also feed on dead animals, meats, greasy foods, and sweets. To avoid inviting ants into unwanted places always keep countertops and pantry shelves clear of food debris, trash cans secure, and pet food contained.
These ants inject their prey with a venom through a stinger and can be very aggressive when disturbed. Not only are fire ants a nuisance but they can also be very dangerous to those sensitive to their venom or when an individual receives a large quantity of bites. At the very least, the venom from fire ants is highly irritating to humans causing itching, pustules, and localized pain or a burning sensation. If a large number of bites are received, more serious reactions can be observed such as nausea, sweating, excessive itching, trouble breathing, and in some people, even death. Fire ants attack in large numbers, so if you see a fire ant mound – do not approach it and always keep pets and children away from fire ants. If you have a fire ant problem – contact the professionals at Burns to help you eliminate them safely!