Fire ants overview
Fire ants are small, aggressive ants. They're easy to recognize by their coppery-brown head and body and darker colored abdomen. Worker fire ants can vary from 1/8th of an inch to 1/4th of an inch in length and have a life span of about 1 month. Their colonies are large and can consist of up to 500,000 ants. Fire ants are most notorious for their stinging behavior. Unlike other small ants, this type of ant attacks, often by the hundreds, when their colony or food source is in jeopardy. A single fire ant can sting several times, leaving their victim covered in painful, red welts.
Normal and routine behavior for fire ants consists of building nests under rocks, driveways, and sidewalks. You can also find them near the base of trees as well as in the soil near moist areas, such as near lakes and rivers. Well watered lawns and along the shoulder of the highway are also hot spots. One thing to note, these nests may not always be visible. If there is no direct cover for the nest of a colony of fire ants, they will construct dome-shaped mounds of dirt. You can see these in open spaces such as fields or lawns. Fire ants are more often than not found outdoors. On occasion they will forage indoors looking for food especially during hot dry seasons.
Unlike the majority of ants in Arkansas, yes, fire ants can be dangerous. While many ants are capable of biting, fire ants are stinging ants. They have a venom-injecting sting as well as mandibles (jaws). Fire ants often attack in mass when someone, human or pet, inadvertently steps onto their ant mound. Their sting is painful, can cause a white pustule that will appear one day after the sting and can be fatal to small animals.
Fire ants are a tough pest to get rid of. Killing ants that are foraging in or around your property is not an effective method of fire ant control. Wiping out the entire colony, including the queen is essential if you want to get rid of fire ants. Contacting McCauley Services is the ideal way to get rid of fire ants. We offer effective ant control in Arkansas that is sure to eradicate the entire pest problem.
Sprays and products that you can buy at the store do not work well. Neither ho home remedies. These methods may contain ingredients or chemicals that are harmful to the user as well as other people and pets. For relief from fire ants, contact McCauley Services. Our pest professionals will identify fire ant infestations, foraging trails and then locate the colony, which may be far away from your homes’ structure. They'll develop a suitable treatment protocol to get rid of fire ants.
The health and safety of our customers, their families or employees is important to us. We use products and treatments that are EPA registered for pest control use. All our pest control professionals are registered and licensed by the state or local jurisdictions where we provide service to ensure proper application.
At McCauley Services, we make every effort to be with you as soon as possible. In most cases, we can respond on the same or next day.
The state of Arkansas offers a perfect environment for many different pests and species. There is no one size fits all solution. We customize contracts to meet your needs and expectations so our prices reflect that. When you contact our office we can provide you a general price range. For many pests, we recommend a free inspection. We'll be happy to send out one of our representatives to investigate your concerns. From there we'll be able to provide recommendations for treatment.