August 17, 2018
Fire ants are a big problem for property owners living throughout the Greater Houston area. Red imported fire ants have taken over parts of Texas and since they are not native to our state, they have no true predators to keep their populations in check. In addition to being extremely invasive and difficult to get rid of due to their extremely large colonies, Texas fire ants are also very aggressive and will attack anything they view as a threat including you, your kids, or your pets. With each sting, fire ants inject a toxin which causes their bites to be very painful and can also trigger severe reactions in some people. These allergic reactions can become so severe that immediate medical attention is required to prevent serious health consequences from occurring. In addition to presenting health threats, fire ants are also highly attracted to electrical equipment and can destroy electrical equipment include your home’s air conditioning units and lighting fixtures.
Summer, more specifically late summer, is the time of the year when ant populations are at their highest and therefore is the time of year when homeowners need to remain vigilant against these highly-aggressive and damaging ants. The number of fire ant in the Houston area so high right now due to the fact that the warm, humid summer weather has allowed them to thrive. These conditions also allow fire ant colonies to feed, breed, and expand their nests throughout the entire summer season. If you are lucky enough to have avoided problems with fire ants on your Greater Houston property thus far, it is very important for you to take the time now to prevent a late summer fire ant infestation from developing on your property! Some of our easy-to-execute fire ants prevention tips include:
- Like other ants, fire ants are attracted to properties that offer them food sources. To prevent fire ants from being attracted to your property, always make sure to clean up directly after any late summer BBQ’s, make sure that outdoor trash cans have locking lids on them, and clean any up fallen vegetables and fruits from garden areas.
- To prevent fire ants from building their nests right next to the foundation of your home, make sure to keep the ground around the perimeter of your home raked and free of debris in order to dry out the ground and deter fire ants.
- Stop fire ants from getting into your home by making sure that cracks in the foundation are sealed, door and window screens are intact, gaps found around windows and doors are caulked, and tight-fitting door sweeps are placed on all exterior doors.
If you have or ever do spot these small red pests on your Greater Houston area property, contact the fire ant control experts at Modern Pest Control. Through our highly-effective 5-step ant control process, we can work with you to eliminate dangerous fire ants from your property! To begin this process, one of our licensed pest control technicians will inspect your property and identify the species of ant present, what conditions are attracting them, and then develop a customized plan of action! Give us a call today to learn more about our ant control programs or our more encompassing year-round pest control programs.