By Kaycee Marlett
Fire Ants The Scourge Of The Ground
Fire ants come in many sizes, and there are quite a few of these species that are know for being mean and
aggressive. They are going to fight for their survival and they may bite and sting because they feel threatened. It
is part of how they are able to survive in their natural environment. If these types of ants are on you, it is
going to hurt and you will quickly feel the sting. Of course they generally stick together so where you find one
you will find many. There have been cases where fire ants sting a large animal and have killed it, so beware
if you happen upon these fiery insects.
Fire ants live in very large colonies and you will often see their mounds peaking out from piles of dirt in the
backyard or in open fields. They also tend to have their home underneath things. If you move a pile of wood or
bricks you should be careful to examine the area for them and other types of insects first. If the ground seems to
be moving, then you need to move faster away from these pests. Upon locating a nest or horde of fire ants you of
course can apply an insecticide from the local retailer, however you should contact an exterminator to have them
totally removed from your property.
How To Track Fire Ants To Their Main Colony
You will likely find fire ants out in the open during the early morning hours.This is when they will be on the
hunt for food to bring back to the colony.They eat a great deal and often go after crickets and other types of
insects. When they can’t find them they will settle for plants and grass. The amount of fire ants in the colony
will continue to grow as long as there is enough food for them.
Kill The Queen
The queen ants will only reproduce if the basic needs of the colony are being met. This is a type of survival
skill that is evident in most species of ants. There is only one queen in each ant colony. She will live to be
about five years of age and will be replaced as soon as she dies. The number of eggs she lays daily will vary from
a couple of hundred to more than one thousand. Like I said your best bet is the local exterminator services.
The male ants have the job of mating with the queen. They will do so and then these male fire ants have to move
on to anther colony to continue the process. All of the worker ants in a colony of fire ants are females. None of
them are able to reproduce. They do help to care for the young ants though and to gather food for everyone to
Fire Ants Are Not For An Ant Farm
While ant farms are quite fun to observe and watch, fire ants are not to be played with or should you entertain
the thought of having them on your property in any capacity. Fire ants are stealth in their organizational skills,
and you could find yourself with a fire ant problem well after they hae established their colony. Best advice is
call the exterminator immediately, if not buy yourself a fire ant repellant, from a local retailer.
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