We’ve all seen them at Zilker Park, the fire ant mounds are everywhere! Fire ant stings are usually a surprise. All you need to do is step on a mound and within seconds your shoe is covered. Their stings are some of the most painful in the insect world and they negatively effect our economy. According to research at Texas A & M, the impact of red imported fire ants in the state of Texas is estimated to be $1.2 billion annually. The reason is not clear, but fire ants seem to be attracted to electrical currents, and they cause damage by nesting in places such as electrical junction boxes. Red imported fire ants are pests of urban, agricultural and wildlife areas and can pose a serious health threat to plants and animals. Fire ants are an invasive species and are a major economical and medical pest. Make sure to ask about how we can help you treat your yard from fire ants.
Difference Between Ants with wings and Termites?
Ants have segmented waists, and termites are approximately the same width along their entire bodies, without pinched waists. Ant antennas are bent whereas Termite antennae are straight.
To help prevent further Carpenter Ant infestations:
- Trim all trees and bushes away from house.
- Correct moisture problems such as leaky roofs and plumbing. (Replace rotted, water-damaged, and previously Ant-infested wooden parts of the structure.)
- Paint and/or seal exposed wood construction before it becomes wet. (Eliminate wood/soil contacts.)
- Remove dead stumps on the property and store firewood off the ground and away from the home.