HomeTeam’s Geoff White talks to
Central Florida News in Orlando about crazy ants
While there are more than 12,000 species of ants found in the world, there are three types that continue to grow in infamy – especially during the summer months. This year, crazy ants are continuing their spread throughout the southeastern U.S. and Gulf Coast region, while native and red imported fire ants remain a problem for homeowners in parts of the country. According to research from HomeTeam, 80% of homeowners have experienced a problem with ants. Below is information on these three types of yard-invading ants and how to deal with them.
To the untrained eye,
red imported fire ants look
identical to native fire ants
- The first step to treating ants is to determine which kind you are dealing with. To the untrained eye, red imported fire ants and native fire ants look very similar. If you have either in your yard, you will want to treat them. Both will sting anything that comes in their way, including children and pets. Signs of an allergic reaction in humans include swelling around the bite, rash, or tightening of the throat until it is hard to breathe. Although uncommon in animals, some may experience allergic reactions like those seen in humans.
- To find out what is the best treatment for your yard and region, consult with a local box retailer or pest control professional. They can recommend what to buy and how to treat.
- Use patience and treat as many mounds as possible at the same time. If you treat just one mound, they will move to satellite mounds.
- If you have crazy ants, treatment can be difficult. You should consult with a local pest control expert to talk about treatment options.