What you need to know about fire ants

What you need to know about fire ants

Fire ants are also called ginger, and tropical fire ants. They evolved in South America but have become a major pest problem in North America as they are known to have a painful sting. In 1918,  fire ants were accidentally introduced into the United States by ship from South America. They removed a large amount of soil to ship and brought in heavy machinery from South America. Fire ants can do a lot of damage to the electrical currents as they chew through wires. This results in many electrical shorts.

It is best to contact professional Fire Ant Control Oakville in the Greater Toronto Area to declare your home ant-free as soon as possible!

 In the United States, each year, about 25,000 people go for medical help because of the painful sting.  Fire ants are dangerous because they attack in groups when disturbed. The fire ant bites are usually not dangerous, but some people have allergic reactions to them where they might go into shock to eventually kill them. An ant is divided into three sections, the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. They have three pairs of legs and a pair of antennae. Invasive fire ants can be recognized by the copper brown head and thorax with a darker abdomen. 

Their size can differ from 2 to 6 mm. Fire ants mostly feed on young plants and seeds, and often attack small animals. When humans are stung, they are likely to feel a sensation similar to being burned by fire hence the name fire ant. The fire ant is one of the aggressive ant species. The queen is generally the reproductive female in their colony and generally also the largest. Their primary function is reproduction. A queen can produce up to 1600 eggs a day in colonies and will have up to 250,000 workers. The queen’s estimated lifespan is around 5 to 6 1/2 years.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread and people have taken measures to practice social distancing. We at The Exterminators have taken it upon us to make you feel at ease. For ant treatments, we do not use any toxic chemicals that will need anybody to leave their house. Additionally, upon request, we will wear protective suits to make you feel at ease. We want to let you know that the safety of our technicians and that of our customers is our priority. If you have any questions and/or concerns feel free to contact us.