Watch Out for Fire Ants in the Summer Heat
Fire ants love the hot, humid weather that makes its home in South Carolina from June through early September, if we are lucky! Fire ants typically nest in the ground and colonies can consist of up to 250,000 ants. Fire ants are extremely aggressive and will sting anything that comes in contact with their nest.
Fire ants are unique pests in that they are known as omnivores, which means that they will feed on animal or vegetable food. The diet of fire ants includes plants, spiders, ticks, worms, and other insects. Fire ants also are known to consume dead animals such as birds, rodents, and even calves.
How to Control Fire Ants
The best way to handle fire ant control is by hiring a South Carolina pest control company. A pest control company can do an inspection to identify nesting sites and to come up with a plan to handle your fire ant problem. Fire ant treatment is typically recommended at least once per year.
How to Avoid Fire Ant Bites
Fire Ant Treatment
- Wear shoes when outside and always keep an eye on your surroundings.
- Stay clear of any dirt mounds, which may be fire ant nests.
- Be careful as to where you place food and drinks when you are outside to avoid attracting fire ants.
Treatment for fire ant bites or stings typically consists of over-the-counter products for itching or pain as well as the use of cold compresses. If someone who has been stung by one or more fire ants experiences an allergic reaction, it is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
Dealing with a Fire Ant Infestation?
If you are dealing with a fire ant infestation, it may be time to call a South Carolina pest control to take care of your problem. While there are fire ant control products that can be purchased at your local hardware store, they do not have nearly the concentration as the products used by professional pest control companies in South Carolina. Thompson Brothers Exterminating offers a full suite of pest control services to handle your fire ant problems, as well as all of your other pest control needs. We have been protecting South Carolina residents from pests for nearly 60 years and would be honored to add you to our customer list. Give us a call today at 864-578-8822 so that we can get started on a South Carolina pest control plan for your home.