An Invasive Type Of Ant That Maryland Residents Should Familiarize Themselves With
There is just something about the Spring and Summer seasons that make ant colonies thrive. It seems that if you happen to run over 1 ant bed while mowing your grass, 3 more will pop up the next morning. Ant hills start appearing in your yard and as soon as you treat that hill, instead of the colony dying, it relocates to a different location. If you are not careful, they can find their way into your home and become a real nuisance.
Solenopsis Invicta, also commonly referred to as red imported fire ants, are a species that all Maryland residents are likely familiar with. It is important to keep up to date with facts about them because of the harmful effects that their venom can have on you. They are extremely aggressive in nature and pose a threat to people and animals that come into contact with them.
Characteristics Of The Red Imported Fire Ant
The bottom portion of their body, also known as the gaster, has a stinger located at the end of it. It is typically black in color, while the other segment of the body is red or brown in appearance. The mandibles have 4 distinct teeth on them, and the antennae are 10 segmented with 2 segmented clubs at the ends. Workers come in a variety of shapes and sizes but are approximately between 1/8” and 1/4” in length.
If the mound is disturbed, the ants immediately start looking for culprit responsible. If it happens to be your foot or another part of your body, pain and discomfort are likely to follow. You will be left with a red welt that has a burning sensation, itches and hurts all at the same time. A white pustule will then be left protruding from your skin. Applying topical ointments can reduce some of the symptoms, but until the venom is completely out of your system, discomfort will remain.
We Can Help You Eliminate All Types Of Ants
BugOut Inc. offers top of the line protection from these unwanted pests with unbeatable service. We are knowledgeable about all type of ant species in the Maryland area. Not only can we get rid of your ants, we can also give you information about the different species, how to treat them. You receive personal service in a professional manner, and most importantly, you have your ants exterminated.
Call our office at 410-760-6065 for questions or concerns regarding ants.