As summer begins, you may see an increase in the fire ant population. Fire ants have mounds that can grow up to 18 inches tall and 30 inches in diameter. These frustrating insects present serious problems to lawn care and people, alike. Consider the following tips to avoid getting stung by fire ants:
Stay Away From Fire Ant Mounds
Fire ants only attack if they feel like their mound is threatened. Additionally, fire ants attack in large numbers, so steering clear of a mound is essential. Do your best to leave their mound undisturbed until a Bizzy Bee Exterminator can eradicate them.
Educate Your People
Whether the ant mound is outside your office building or your home, it’s important to inform everyone of their existence. Tell your employees or family members where the fire ants are and not to go near them.
Wear Appropriate Clothing
If you upset a fire ant mound, it’s likely that you will get bitten. To shield your skin, wear long pants to protect your legs and socks to protect your feet. A fire ant can’t puncture through clothing but can easily puncture through skin.
Schedule an Appointment with Bizzy Bee Exterminators
Fire ants can cause serious problems to people. If a person is bit, their venom may cause anaphylactic shock. If this occurs, administer an epinephrine shot and call 911 immediately. If you are not experiencing anaphylactic shock after being bitten by fire ants, apply an ice pack and anti-itch cream to the affected area. This will help with the swelling, itching, and burning feeling.
To eradicate the fire ant mound, contact the Bizzy Bee Exterminators for professional service. The treatment we use is completely safe for people and pets. It will not harm landscape or get into your groundwater. Allow us to help you have a safe, fire ant free summer.