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Fire ant control
Fire ant & yard service is available for homes and businesses. We treat red imported fire ants both indoors and outdoors including equine pastures. Red imported fire ants are an invasive species of ant that has wreaked havoc across the states where they have established populations. They seem to have few natural enemies to keep populations under control.
The red imported fire ant is native to the central part of South America. These fire ants are found throughout Ocala, Citrus County, Dunnellon, The Villages, Summerfield, Leesburg, and Lady Lake. Our experience is vast when it comes to controlling these invasive pests. Red imported fire ants spread quickly and deliver both a painful sting and bite. Getting bit by several of these ants simultaneously can pose a serious threat to your health and multiple stings will often leave scarring in their wake. Help is available so do not allow these pests to take over your home or property.
Red imported fire ants leave unsightly large dirt mounds in yards. They also damage lawns and plant roots which leads to loss of crops and interferes with mechanical cultivation. Large mounds pop up quickly. These ants are also resilient; they easily survive flash floods and droughts.
We also treat equine pastures
We treat equine pastures on a quarterly basis. Horses and other farm animals are at great risk for multiple stings. This is particularly the case in body areas with little or no hair. Such areas include the ears, eyes, muzzle, perineum and the ventral abdomen. Young and sick animals are at higher risk. Contact us today to protect your animals and we’ll make your equine pastures safe.
Other ant species included in our yard service program include carpenter ants, big-headed ants, and domestic fire ants. This can be set up on a quarterly or bi-monthly basis depending on the specific situation.
Invasive intruders of Florida
The red imported fire ant certainly has come a long way from home. Here is some history of the red imported fire ant and what’s being done to control them. The red imported fire ant (or RIFA) is native to the central part of South America. It has become a pest and reached as far out as Australia, areas in and around China, the Caribbean, and of course the southern United States. The red imported fire ant is probably best known for it’s a painful and irritating sting that will often leave a pustule on the skin. They are also known for their highly aggressive nature which one will soon discover if they happen to step on a mound. Such a victim can find him or herself engulfed by hundreds of these ants within less than a minute. Note that the stings will leave scarring, especially if the victim receives stings in great numbers around the same area. Usually, a single sting will not leave a scar, at least in my experience. They are one of our worst invasive invaders that we deal with living in the south.
Red imported fire ants are found throughout the range of Florida that we service including Ocala, Lady Lake, Belleview, The Villages, Dunnellon, and the surrounding areas and we’ve had much experience with them. They are not only considered a pest because of the physical pain they inflict and danger to our health, but they also can damage plant roots, lead to loss of crops, and interfere with mechanical cultivation due to the mounds they create which can pop up very quickly. These ants are also very resilient and persevere flash floods and droughts. Remarkably, if these ants experience increased water levels in their nests, they come together and form a raft that floats with the workers on the outside and the queen inside. It will be interesting to see how far north they will spread. Insects evolve and adapt to new environments (such as cooler temperatures) faster than mammals can.
From a control standpoint, our company offers different solutions to different situations that arise from red imported fire ants. We of course deal with these pests when they invade the home which is not uncommon. Often by treating the nests around the house will solve this problem. For this reason, we also offer a yard service for red imported fire ants (we also offer yard service for treatment of fleas and ticks). We treat horse farms specializing in equine pastures. Our flexible programs can range from quarterly to monthly depending on the severity of the issue. Without a doubt, the red imported fire ant has established their colonies throughout our region and will be an ongoing issue that will need regular maintenance to keep them under control.
Horse farms and fire ants
We offer red imported fire ant control for equine pastures. When treating equine pastures, we target red imported fire ants. The potential threat and dangers of the red imported fire ants pose to horses and other farm animals include multiple stings to the victim, particularly in areas with little or no hair such as the ears, eyes, muzzle, perineum, and ventral abdomen with young or sick animals being at higher risk. Our region of central Florida, including towns like Ocala (the horse capital of the world), Lady Lake, The Villages, Dunnellon, and surrounding areas are all highly susceptible to these pests.
If you have an animal attacked by red imported fire ants, immediately move the victim out of the area of the attack. Many times the cause of the attack is due to the animal stepping on a mound. Localized treatment may be all that is necessary for milder attacks, but depending upon the extent of the damage inflicted, consult a veterinarian immediately. Remember that the eyes are a most critical site for red imported fire ant damage.
We treat horse farms on a quarterly basis. Please keep in mind that besides horse farms, we also offer yard service targeting red imported fire ants for homes in residential areas. Our yard service can also include targeting pests such as ticks and fleas. Please allow us to help protect your animals and loved ones today.