Unlike our common ants, whos bite can bring an “ouch” or tear to the eye, fire ants can repeatedly sting. The more you are stung the more venom builds up in the body and the greater the risk of an extreme reaction.
There is a great concern for live stock, wild life, residential yards, pets, family and of course enjoying the Aussie outdoors. When coming into contact with fire ants they tend to be in the tens to hundreds and they have a tendency to swarm and all sting repeatedly.
Here at LessPest More Control our Technicians have completed their Fire Ant Awareness Training for the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program; you can call us or look at treating your lawn yourself for the prevention of fire ants in your yard.
How to Identify Fire Ants:
- 2-6mm in length.
- Copper brown with a dark abdomen.
- Varying sizes in the nest.
- Swarming effect.
- Unusual mounds, can look like loose soil.
- No entry or exit holes.
What to do if you find Fire Ants
If you find fire ants or a unusual nest, you must report it within 24 hours, by calling 13 25 23. All reports are important, even if you’re not 100% sure you’ve found fire ants.
Fire Ant Sting:
- Can last up to an hour.
- Stings are painful.
- Can experience severe burning or fiery sensation.
- Swelling and/or redness.
- Blistering effect, which can turn into pustules which will scab and heal.
What to do if you are stung by a Fire Ants:
- Most people do not need medical first aid.
- Apply a cold press to bring down swelling and pain.
- It is important to keep the blisters intact to lessen the chance of a secondary infections if the blisters or pustules break.
- Gently wash the affected area with soap and water.
- Take an antihistamine to manage minor affected areas.
The LessPest Team!