The key to fire ant control in Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Englewood, and other communities in Charlotte County, Florida, is to take advantage of the proven treatment solution from Fire Ant Control, LLC.
Red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) are known to attack people and animals, and can cause extensive damage to gardens and crops, air-conditioning equipment, cement slabs, and electrical wires. They have a very painful venomous sting that can cause serious medical problems.
Fire Ant Control, LLC is the best fire ant killer around. Headquartered in Bokeelia, Florida, we (and our sister companies) serve the entire imported fire ant quarantine area of the southeastern U.S., and are capable of treating up to 1,000 acres per day.
Facts About Red Imported Fire Ants
Though not native to North America, the red imported fire ant has become a nuisance throughout the southern United States, ranging from Florida to California and as far north as Oklahoma and Virginia.
A typical colony consists of a queen and thousands of worker ants. Workers build the nests (mounds), take care of the queen and her eggs, scavenge for food, and defend the colony.
Here are some other fascinating fire ant facts:
- Fire ant nests are built outdoors in mounds of soil, and the ants live beneath them in an elaborate network of underground tunnels that can extend up to 25 feet away from the mound.
- The average mound is oval-shaped, about 10” tall and as wide as a dinner plate, and has no visible openings.
- Mounds are typically found in lawns and open fields, under piles of rocks, bricks or logs, in electrical equipment, and in or near building foundations.
- A fire ant colony may contain 100,000 to 500,000 ants. They are omnivorous and feed on a wide variety of items.
- A mature red fire ant queen can lay 1,500 eggs per day. Worker ants are sterile and unable to reproduce.
- Worker ants typically live up to six months; queens live two to six years.
- Red imported fire ants are extremely aggressive and are known to attack people, plants and animals.
- Fire ants can cause extensive damage to gardens and crops, cement slabs, air-conditioning equipment, and electrical wires. They can enter buildings through holes or cracks in walls and foundations.
- When their mounds are disturbed, hundreds of worker ants will swarm out of the ground and repeatedly sting the intruder.
Kill Fire Ants from the Inside Out
Fire Ant Control’s proven fire ant treatment focuses on sterilizing the queen. The potent granular bait is ingested by the worker ants and carried down into the colony, causing the fire ants to die naturally.
Extermination is not immediate but, once the queen has been sterilized, the entire colony will disappear within weeks, and no new ants will be born.
Because fire ants fly, however, they will eventually come back. For this reason, we recommend having your property treated twice a year to prevent further fire ant colonization.
Treatment by Fire Ant Control, LLC, is the best way to protect your property in Charlotte County from fire ants. Call us at (239) 244-1436 for a free estimate and find out how to get started with your first treatment!