Ants are, often times, overlooked when it comes to infestations. Generally, they are harmless to humans and are simply considered to be a nuisance. However, there are certain types of ants that are capable of causing damage not only to your home, but also to your health. Carpenter ants are one such type of ant. Much like termites, they are capable of causing damage to your home and the wooden structures within it. Although carpenter ants have the ability to damage your home, there is another type of ant that slightly more concerning when it comes to your and your family’s health.
Fire ants are not known for the damage they cause to homes and other structures but rather for the the threat they pose to our health and well being. Fire ants are a very aggressive species of ant. As a non-native species, they first made their appearance in North America in the 1930’s and have been thriving in the southern United States ever since. Fire ants have the ability to sting and inject venom into their prey. These stings can be very painful and harmful to humans. They can even be fatal. Some people experience very severe reactions that include nausea or itching. Someone who is experiencing such an intense reaction should seek medical care right away.
There are different signs to look for when it comes to a fire ant infestation. One common sign is the appearance of worker and swarmer ants. Another sign of heavy fire ant activity is the presence of their sandy mounds. Fire ant mounds look like random clumps of sand. They are fairly easy to spot if you are familiar with their appearance and become even easier to spot after a rainfall.
If you suspect you have a fire ant infestation or even just a heavy presence, please contact your local pest control company in North Carolina. Fire ants not only pose as a threat to you, but they are especially harmful to children. At Ray Pest Control, we are dedicated to protecting you and your family. We will get to the source and eliminate the problem so your home will be safe and pest free.