The Villages' Complete Guide To Effective Fire Ant Control
June 15, 2021 - Ants
Would you walk barefoot across a bed of hot coals? What about a floor covered in thumbtacks? Of course you wouldn’t. Our brains have a way of warning us when something we are about to do will hurt. If you know anything about fire ants, you know they are another thing you don’t want to walk over barefoot. If your Villages’ property is crawling with these pests and you don’t know how to get them to go away, here are a few effective control tips that are certain to help.
Do Fire Ants Invade Homes?
Fire ants are not like other area pests in that they don’t actively invade homes. This is mainly because of their diet which consists of insects, aphids, honeydew, and other foods that are primarily found outside. The only time these pests will invade is when their home or wellbeing is threatened by inclement weather or temperature change. If fire ants live close to your The Village's homes' exterior, expect them to come inside during the winter months.
The Dangers Of Fire Ants
Fire ants are unlike other area ants in that they don’t just bite but also sting. Despite their small size, these annoying yard pests are capable of causing a fair amount of pain and discomfort with the venom they inject beneath the skin. If you are ever attacked by fire ants, you will know it fairly quickly, as the affected area will start to sting with pain and heat up. If you have an allergy to insect venom, this reaction could be more severe and require medical attention.
Is It Possible To Prevent Fire Ants From Coming Into Your Yard?
Preventing pests from getting into a home and preventing pests from entering onto a property are two entirely different tasks. Your home’s walls provide a layer of protection that makes keeping pests like fire ants out possible. Keeping these pests from crawling into your yard and building their nests, however, is extremely difficult and requires a deep understanding of fire ants as well as access to industrial-grade pest control products.
Exclusion Tips For Fire Ants
If you are worried about fire ants coming into your home during the colder and warmer months of the year, now is your time to put in place some general pest-prevention tips. Here are a few places our experts recommend you start.
- Use a caulking gun to fill in holes, cracks, and gaps in the exterior of your home.
- Repair damage to your home’s siding and window/door frames.
- Install door sweeps under all exterior doors.
- Address issues with window/door screens and make sure they are in good repair.
- Keep your living areas clean and pick up food messes and drink spills as they occur.
- Store leftover food inside pest-proof containers.
- Repair leaky piping and fixtures in and around your home.
- Make sure your gutters are in good working condition.
- Use a dehumidifier indoors.
How A Professional Can Help With Fire Ants
If you are tired of tip-toeing around your Villages’ yard, it’s time to get a professional involved. At Bertram Pest Solutions, we offer comprehensive fire ant elimination and prevention services to not only keep these pests out of your home but off your property altogether. Our team of dedicated pest technicians has the industrial-grade treatments, advanced tools, and professional training needed to handle any and all pest problems you and your home are facing.
Give us a call today to discuss your options for service and discover your best solution to fire ants around your Villages’ property.