Fire ants are appropriately named, as their stings can feel like you are being burned. Unfortunately, these pests can be found creating nests in your yard without your knowledge, causing potential harm to you and your family. The best way to know that you have a fire ant infestation is to find their nests. Keep reading to learn how to identify a fire ant mound.
Flat or Dome-Shaped Mounds
If a mound is visible above ground, it will usually stand only at a few inches tall. But, they can be built up to about two feet high in rare cases. Even though the mounds are made of soil, the way fire ants build their mounds makes it appear like they are created out of the sand. These mounds will be either flat or in the shape of a dome. But don’t be surprised if you can’t see a fire ant mound during the summer, as they will make their home underground to keep cool.
During the cooler months of the year, fire ants will create their mounds in damp soil, as it is easier to maneuver. So, you will never discover freshly made nests after a rainstorm.
Mounds do not Have Openings
A fire ant mound has no visible openings because they do not enter or exit above the ground. all entrances are from underground tunnels located on the side of the nest, Unlike other species that have entrances at the top center of the mound.
Identifying Fire Ants
If you do not immediately notice a nest, you may discover a trail of fire ants. This species is similar in appearance to other ants, as they have six legs and a protective exoskeleton. Their coloring is reddish-brown or reddish-black. A fire ant’s stinger is located on their abdomen. If you notice little white objects within the soil of the mound, they are the eggs, larvae, and pupae.
Do not Disturb a Fire Ant Mound
Disturbing fire at nests will cause them to come to the surface and sting you. This is dangerous for anyone, but especially to those who are allergic to their venom. A fire ant’s sting will burn and can even leave a blister. So, do not approach a mound or try to get rid of a nest on your own. If you have no choice, wear gloves, long sleeves, and long pants.
If you have a fire ant mound in your yard that you want to get rid of, contact Midwestern Termite & Pest Control. We can solve your problem so you can enjoy your yard the way it is meant to be