With over 12,000 different varieties in existence, the world is full of ants. Most ants found in homes are black, brown or red. Some people mistake the larger all-red ants for fire ants. However, fire ants are between about 1.5 and 5 millimeters in length. Their bodies have some black or reddish-brown coloring on the lower abdominal portion. They are also confused with another type of ant that has a black abdomen, a red torso and a black head. Fire ants have a dark red head with distinct but tiny pinchers.
Fire ants and other common types of ants enter homes through cracks under doors or windows. They may enter through rips in screens or through openings in a foundation. Although their colonies are usually outside, they may build them behind walls or under the floor. Fire ants like soil, plants and areas where there are bugs. Ants are attracted by any traces of food. If food is left out or sealed improperly, ants may find it and work hard to take it back to their colony.
The main physical risk of ants is their stings. The stings of fire ants are especially painful and have a distinct feeling of a lit match touching the skin. Most stings heal on their own and only cause pain for a short time, some people may experience a severe allergic reaction. If any of the following symptoms are present after being stung, seek immediate medical help:
The main non-physical risk of fire ants or any other type of ant is a damaged food supply. Ants often find their way into cereal boxes, bread bags, sugar containers and much more. They also rob families of their peace of mind and can deter guests who may be visiting.
Fire ants and many other types of small ants are problematic throughout Georgia and Florida. Homeowners can take several steps to discourage these pests. Sealing cracks along door and window frames helps. Also, keeping the home free of food crumbs and debris with proper cleaning and storage practices is beneficial. However, ants may still find a way indoors. A good preventative pest control treatment will help immensely. We offer fast, effective and professional ant control services. For preventative treatment or for an infestation removal in Florida or Georgia, call Bug Out Service today.