A typical fire ant colony produces large mounds in open areas, and feed on plants, insects and seeds. Fire ants often attack small animals such as lizards or frogs and can kill them. Unlike many other ants, which bite and then spray acid on the wound, fire ants bite only to get a grip and then sting (from the abdomen) and inject a toxic alkaloid venom. For humans, this is a painful sting, a sensation similar to what one feels when burned by fire (hence the name), and the after-effects of the sting can be deadly to sensitive people. Fire ants are more aggressive than most native species, and have pushed many species away from their local habitat.
Fire ants are not only annoying pests to have in your yard, they can also invade your home or business. In Texas, we experience some pretty hot temperatures which most often time leads to droughts, or the extreme opposite effect of flooding rains. Both of these conditions will bring fire ants into your home or business in search of food, water, and nesting sites. Call (830) 560-6960 to schedule a visit.