Fire ants are one of the most annoying pests that residents of Texas come into contact with. Fire ants inflict painful bites and move at incredible speeds, covering their victims before they realize what is happening. Fire ants can appear out of nowhere when raking up leaves, taking out trash cans, mowing the lawn and other outdoor activities and chores.
Flooding and Fire Ant Rafts
The Greater Houston area has certainly seen its fair share of floods lately. You may think that a flood is something that would destroy a fire ant colony; unfortunately this is not the case. Fire ants will take every risk to save their colony, including abandoning their existing nest during a flood and latching onto any piece of floating debris that they can. If there is no floating debris, they create their own rafts by locking their legs together with every other ant in the colony.
Flooding causes so much damage to homes every year and the last thing you want to have to worry about after a flood is how to keep the fire ants away from whatever is left of your home. As the flood waters recede, these floating fire ant rafts begin to look for any source of shelter they can find until they have the ability to build a new mound. Fire ants will establish a nest near or in your home for shelter. If you do notice a fire ant raft, the best thing to do is to leave it alone to avoid being stung.
Painful Fire Ant Stings
After a flood, if you are working outside or around your home, wear protective gear that will prevent the fire ants from reaching your skin and inflicting a painful sting. Twenty million people a year are stung by fire ants in the United States. They have extremely aggressive behavior and will attack anything from wild animals, baby animals, pets or people, in rare instances, even killing them. Fire ants are not to be taken lightly; they are more dangerous than a common house ant and move quickly in large numbers.
Friendly Fire Ant Habitats
Fire ants have the ability to locate large colonies after a flood and will find any friendly environment that provides the resources they need to survive. After a flood, fire ants have been known to invade homes, school yards, athletic fields, golf courses and parks. They establish a nest in these areas until they can again build a proper fire ant mound. Fire ants are one of the strongest animals in the world; they have the ability to lift a seed five times their weight. They are a force to be reckoned with and will cause pain and damage wherever it is they roam. Be alert after a flood and keep your eyes open for any sign of floating fire ant rafts or new colonies near your home. Bio-Tech Pest Control will remove the presence of fire ants from your property and protect you and your family from their painful stings. Contact us today for prompt and effective fire ant control.