While most ants are more annoying than harmful, this is not the case with fire ants. Many people are allergic to these pests and, while rare, it is possible to have a serious reaction that can be life-threatening. The amount of venom in each bite is small, but these units tend to swarm and bite, so it is not unusual to have multiple bites before it even registers that the ants are present. Additionally, the ants can withdraw their stinger and sting again, something that most biting and stinging insects cannot do.
Children are particularly at risk for anaphylaxis or skin reactions to fire ants. Adults can also have more or less of a reaction at the site of the bite that includes stinging, a feeling of intense pain and burning, itching and some localized swelling.
Fire ant control is important if you see any mounds in your yard or experience a bite. There are highly effective, pet and people-friendly chemicals that we will use to eradicate the ants and kill the queen ant. We can also discuss options for preventing further infestations of your lawn, which is a critical step in fire ant control and other types of pest control.
To schedule an appointment or talk to our pest experts in Jupiter and Port. St. Lucie, give us a call today at 772-878-4293.