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The Trick To Getting Rid Of Fire Ants Around Your Houston Home

May 10, 2022

If you want to protect your health, you must have pest control in Houston for your home. Many critters, like ants, have bacteria on their skin that could prompt sickness. They have germs in their urine, feces, and saliva, as you might imagine. A few species can wreck foundations and other items. Unfortunately, destructive and harmful fire ants are common in our area.

It's hard to have a beautiful lawn with fire ants in Houston. They ruin landscaping. On the note of human wellness, the bites of these insects can cause pain and physical complications. Learn more now about sufficient ant control solutions and prevention tactics. Samson Pest and Termite Services can assist you.

How To Tell If It's Fire Ants Around Your Home 

Fire ants are reddish-brown and range from 1/16 to 1/4 of an inch long. They have antennae, fat mandibles, a black stinger at their tail, and six legs. Outdoors, they'll be beneath the sun and in the dirt. Unlike a lot of critters, they don't care for shady places. They will be in dry fields, residential yards, and the like. Fire ants will devastate landscaping, soil, grass, sod, and plant matter. 

Should fire ants in Houston work their way inside your home, which is not all that common, at least not like other pests, they'll come through holes in the structure. You can expect to see them gathering in the kitchen, as food is the main attraction. Here's a list of some of the things they munch on:

  • Sugary items
  • Seeds
  • Grease 
  • Vegetables
  • Eggs from arthropods
  • Meat
  • Honeydew

Other pests are also a part of a fire ant's diet, like worms, rodents, birds, spiders, and ticks. If there's an influx of these bugs on your property, you probably have ants in the vicinity.

The Many Problems Fire Ants Can Create Around The House

Once more, fire ants can hurt you. They'll attack you in large groups and inflict pain and burning sensations with their stings and bites. You may even experience skin inflammation and, later, scarring. If you have sweating, an allergic reaction, or nausea, seek medical attention. Responses are typically heightened for individuals with pre-existing conditions or allergies, senior citizens, and children. Fire ant venom contains alkaloids that can affect domestic animals, where only a few bites end in death.

Why Do-It-Yourself Fire Ant Control Often Fails 

Fire ants reproduce in vast numbers at a fast pace. Colonies have more than 100,000 members in a lot of cases. These pests are constantly migrating, desiring to start fresh nests, and is why "do it yourself," and over-the-counter ant control solutions are usually ineffective. It would be too challenging to access the core of the infestation. In addition, these pricey options aren't made with invasions in mind. Toxicity is another problem. 

Performing preventative tasks is a better choice: 

  • Seal openings in windows, doors, foundations, and around utilities.
  • Have any moisture problems and leaks fixed.
  • Make sure door sweeps and window screens are in good condition.
  • Regularly clean the kitchen with detail. Wipe off countertops and cabinets, and wash dishes. Go around appliances too. 
  • Remove garbage and vacuum rugs frequently. 
  • Use airtight canisters for food and trash storage. 
  • Get up meal messes. 
  • Sit wood and greenery at least two feet away from the house.

Doing these things can make your house less alluring to fire ants.

Call the Pros For Total Fire Ant Control

At Samson Pest and Termite Services, we have potent, industrial-grade treatments for fire ants. Our treatments are budget-friendly and safe for your home. The experts on our team will guide you through the eradication process and continued care. Call us today to get going!