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What is a Fire Ant?

Introduced into the U.S. after the Great Depression, the Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) is now established in southern U.S. states and Mexico. Originally from South America, this species is known for its intensely aggressive defense of its colony by immediately swarming a threat en masse, holding on to it by biting it, and then stinging it. The stinger at the tip of the abdomen injects a chemical that produces a sensation akin to being burned by fire. A severe, lethal, allergic reaction to the ant?s venom is a concern for a small number of victims, but RIFA stings rarely cause death according to the National Institute of Health (American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: June 1998). Sting sites develop into white, pimple-like pustules that do eventually heal. Itching and possible infection at the sites may develop after the pustules diminish.
When it comes to fire ant extermination, we know how to remove that pesky fire ant mound. With their vast underground tunnels which can reach up to 25 feet from the original mounds, these pests are adept at expanding quickly. Not only this, but fire ants expand at a breathtaking speed.
The worst part is fire ants don’t confine themselves to just one area. No, they’re happy to expand the colony to various parts of the yard including the lawn, garden, outdoor buildings, compost piles, and even your homes.
At Accu-Pest Exterminating LLC, we’ll eliminate ants in and around your house as well as in lawns, tree stumps, walls, or wherever else they reside.
Even the smallest cracks in the wall can enable ants to enter into your home. Hundreds of thousands of ants can comprise one colony, and these colonies can relocate quickly if they feel threatened. The queen ant can live as long as 15 years, so that means one queen can lay potentially over 100 million eggs throughout her lifetime. It’s best that you call us right away if you suspect ants are invading your home.

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Fire Ant FAQs

Perhaps more than anything else, a messy home is the most common cause of an ant infestation. Food and sticky spots on counter tops, dirty floors, and an uncovered trash can can all lead to an ant invasion. A few initial ants will scout out the premises, note the presence of available food sources, and then return to the colony with word. Before you know it, you could have a kitchen full of ants.

 In some cases, an ant invasion is just a nuisance. No one likes opening their cabinet to find a line of ants marching to and from a box of cereal or bag of sugar. Occasionally, though, ants can pose a more serious threat. Certain species are known to carry bacteria on their bodies, and these bacteria can potentially contaminate the food that the ants come into contact with.


Carpenter ants can cause structural damage to your home, much in the same way that termites would. Meanwhile, the bite of a fire ant can result in an intensely painful reaction, including a potentially life threatening allergic reaction in sensitive individuals.

Treating fire ants in and around your property can be challenging. Even if you manage to eliminate fire ants in your yard or near your home, it’s possible for them to reinvade from a neighboring yard or adjoining property. Additionally, attempting to treat a fire ant problem on your own is potentially quite dangerous. Fire ant bites are serious and can lead to significant allergic reactions in some individuals. When it comes to fire ants, we recommend contacting Accu-Pest for assistance.