An Aggressive Species of Fireplace Ants – PestWorld

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Frequent questions and solutions about this aggressive ant species

Ants are the commonest family pest in america. Some species akin to odorous ants and pavement ants are merely a nuisance to householders, however different species can pose well being dangers or trigger injury to a house. One such species is the red imported fire ant.

What makes RIFAs distinctive?

Fireplace ants get their title from their particularly painful sting or chew. The crimson imported fireplace ant (RIFA) is an invasive species from Brazil and is thought to be extra aggressive than different species of ants. They’re red-yellow in colour with an extruded stinger — at all times on the prepared to be used. Some ant species want a selected meals supply to outlive, however RIFAs will eat nearly something, plant or animal, that they’ll discover.

RIFAs even have a novel manner of surviving floods. The colony will connect with kind a ball and float till it encounters dry land. When this happens, RIFAs are an excellent higher menace as a result of they don’t have the protection of a nest and are very hungry. They might be extra susceptible to assault and can sting with extra venom than normal.

The place are fireplace ants discovered?

Since being launched to the U.S. within the 1930s, RIFAs have unfold throughout the South and West. They’re recurrently seen as far north as Virginia, as far south as Florida, and as far west as southern California. Small populations could also be present in different states and are normally related to nurseries which have imported vegetation from different states. 

In locations the place fireplace ants are frequent, their nests are most certainly to be discovered outdoors within the soil or close to structural foundations. Most frequently, their nests are discovered beneath a masking object akin to stones, grass, or the bottom of a tree. They’re additionally interested in electrical packing containers and HVAC items, which may also be frequent entry factors into the house. 

Do crimson imported fireplace ants current any well being dangers?

For most individuals, the sting of the crimson imported fireplace ant causes a raised welt that may grow to be a white pustule and could be very painful. However hardly ever will somebody be stung by a single ant. Extra seemingly, an individual stung by a RIFA will obtain a number of stings from a number of ants defending their nest. Ants use pheromones to speak with one another, so when one is in misery, others will come to its assist — normally to the detriment of whomever disturbed the nest. For about 2% of the inhabitants, stings from a crimson ant can also cause anaphylactic shock.

How can I forestall a fireplace ant sting?

Red imported fire ant colonies could be very giant and their stings are painful for individuals who encounter them both on objective or accidentally. One of the simplest ways to deal with for a fireplace ant downside is to stop them from nesting in your backyard or dwelling within the first place.

RIFAs can acquire entry to a house via {the electrical} and HVAC techniques, in addition to any cracks or crevices within the dwelling’s construction. To forestall an ant infestation, make sure all inner and exterior cracks are sealed.

This species of ant additionally has a telltale mound nest construction. If you happen to see an ant nest that appears prefer it could possibly be fireplace ants, remember to rigorously keep away from it. If you happen to do encounter a nest and are stung by fireplace ants, search medical consideration promptly.

Controlling crimson imported fireplace ants could be very tough and will solely final for a short while because the ants are inclined to reinvade the following season. If you happen to suspect you could have a fireplace ant infestation or if you happen to suppose you could have a nest in your property, contact a licensed pest control professional instantly. Don’t try to maneuver the nest by yourself. The earlier the infestation is handled, the much less danger there’s of somebody disturbing the nest and being stung.