Fire Ants are very aggressive and their sting can cause reactions ranging from irritation and nausea to even more severe reactions. Red Fire Ants are also known to attack animals that intrude on their nests. Besides attacking people and animals they can also cause damage to plants, buildings, air-conditioning units, and telephone wires. The reason is not clear, but fire ants seem to be attracted to electrical currents, and they cause damage by nesting in places such as electrical junction boxes. If you have a fire ant problem you'll want the professionals of Benson Pest Management to immediately and agressively deal with this horrible Maine pest.
At Benson Pest Management we are always researching the efficacy of a number of “least toxic” strategies for removing these ants, including insect growth regulators, boric acid baits, and biological controls. Contact Benson Pest Management to deal with your fire ant problems.
Fire ants live in decaying logs or soil, under rocks and human debris, and even in thick clumps of grass or under leaves. Their nests vary in size, from a few hundred to ten thousand workers. Nests usually have multiple queens that lay eggs. In Maine, this ant appears to take advantage of multiple habitats, including lawns, old fields, scrub/shrub and deciduous forests but prefer open, sunny areas. The ants do not nest in houses and do make mounds. If you notice any of these visual cues immeidately contact Benson Pest Management, experts in exterminating fire ants and controlling thie return.
Photograph by E. Groden, University of Maine.
Unlike other kinds of ants, fire ants have no nest entry on the mound itself. They enter the nest via tunnels that may reach several feet or more beyond the mound itself. Though it is the most recognizable sign of the presence of fire ants, a mound is not necessary for the survival of a fire ant colony. During especially hot or dry weather, colonies tend to move deeper into the ground, foregoing the palatial mounds that are so obvious in moderate weather. New colonies may not build a visible mound for months or longer, depending on soil and weather conditions.
Benson Pest Management's master certified Maine technicians will be able to determine a course of action to eliminate your fire ant problem. If you suspect a fire ant problem or have concerns please give Benson Pest Management a call to schedule an appointment for the Bangor, Maine area.
It's always best to have a professional company like Benson Pest Management to treat fire ants. We are more experienced in inspecting properties, locating nests, baiting techniques, and general insecticide treatments, so you can rest assured that an effective removal of these pests will take place as quickly as professionally possible.. To be effective, fire ant treatment must kill the queen(s). Also, Benson Pest Management has access to specialized equipment and insecticides and know how to correctly use them.
The best method to control fire ants is to locate and destroy the nest and the queen. Eliminating a fire ant colony can be a difficult and challenging task but Benson Pest Management are experts when it comes to controlling and exterminating fire ants. Control should always be performed by an experienced pest management professional like we have at Benson Pest Management. Benson Pest Management has the experience, equipment, and a wider array of products to more effectively control a fire ant problem. You can still play a crucial role in control programs by providing Benson Pest Management detailed information, such as when, where, and how many ants were seen.
Benson Pest Management covers Bar Harbor, Trenton, Somesville, South West Harbor, Seal Harbor, North East Harbor, Deere Isle, Stonington, Blue Hill, Castine, Brooklin, Penobscot, Orland, Ellsworth, Dedham, Holden, Lincoln, Enfield, Bangor, Hampden, Carmel, Brewer, Old Town, Orono, Bradley, Milford, Machias, Harrington, Milbridge, Hancock and Sorrento Maine and will be glad to assist you if you have a fire ant problem. We have designed plans to protect your yard and yourself from this pest with the conditions that exist in Maine in mind. We have our Maine masters license for pest control, the highest license attainable in the state of Maine. Many companies employ seasonal workers that only have an operators level license. Rest assured if you have any pest problem in Ellsworth, Old Town, Lincoln, Lee, Dover-Foxcroft, Orono, Palmyra, Skowhegan, Waterville, Belfast, Camden, Rockland, Bar Harbor, Mt. Desert and Southwest Harbor Maine our Benson Pest Management experts will be able to help resolve any pest issues.