Fire Ant Control and Elimination Services
Licensed and Regulated by: Texas Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 12847, Austin, TX, 78711-2847   
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Exterminating is able to provide
superior Fire Ant Elimination and
Control results by only using the
highest quality products available to
Pest Management Professionals.  We
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Fire ants are prevalent throughout Texas. Black Imported Fire Ants and Red Imported Fire Ants are fierce,
territorial and persistent. Their mounds vary in size and may be found anywhere. Their peak activity is spring to
December. They are less active in January, February and March but will emerge on warm days foraging about
looking for food and someone to sting.

Some structures have fire ants under slabs where heat is available all year. These nests will be active
continuously. Throughout the spring into winter, active mounds will send out "swarmer" ants. Like termites,
these are winged males and females who start new colonies. We get many calls from people who want to know if
they have ants or termites swarming in their house. Generally, fire ant swarmers will retain or keep their wings
even after they're dead. On the other hand, termite swarmers will drop wings and walk around in pairs looking for
a place to start a new colony. Fire ants won't pair off or loose their wings. Additionally, their antennae will be
elbowed where termite antennae will be long and straight.
When colonies are established around buildings, picnic
areas, sitting areas, and playgrounds, your children may
encounter these nasty little demons. These encounters may
lead to pets and children getting stung. As homeowners and
parents, you should strive to control your environment so
your young ones won't have to worry about being stung. Fire
ants may be little, but they pack a nasty sting which will itch
and become irritated immediately. If you have stings you
want to treat, use an antiseptic spray or ointment. If you have
ever been stung by fire ants you know the wound will irritate
you for weeks. These ointments will soothe the discomfort
and allow for faster healing. Though they work great at
relieving the pain and suffering of fire ant stings, most people
still prefer to not get stung at all.

Fire Ant Identification and Control:
Imported fire ants are 1/8 to 1/4 inch in length and are
reddish brown to black.  They are social insects and live in
colonies which may have up to 200,000 individuals.  Fire ant
colonies are made up of a queen ant, winged males and
females, (virgin queens), workers, and brood (which are made
up of ant eggs, larvae, and pupae).  The queen fire ant lives in
a protected nest which may be several feet deep and can be
several feet away from the visible mound or mounds.  There
may be several satellite nests near the main nest and some
nests may have more than one queen.  

Fire ants usually have two flying swarms each year when
winged males and females leave the colony for their
reproductive flights.  This insures the spread and survival of
the species.  Swarming usually occurs in late Spring and in
Summer but can occur during any time of the year.  The
number of swarms (and the number of swarmers) can depend
on the size, strength and health of the colony as well as
contributing conditions: abundance of food sources, rainfall,
air and ground temperatures.  After mating the fertilized
queen begins a new colony in the soil.  

Over the last few decades, fire ants have shown us that they
can readily adapt to different weather patterns, locations and
even complicated control measures targeting their
extinction.  Past attempts at eliminating fire ants from
certain areas (with the use of massive pesticide treatments
from ground and air) have done little to inhibit the
tremendous march of these persistent pests.  Most of these
programs actually helped the fire ant by wiping out other
species of ants that competed with the fire ant for food.

There was a time when entomologists told us that only a few
colonies of these biting pests could survive per acre.  It was
believed that the different ant colonies would drive out all
competing fire ant for territory and food. We were also told
that each colony would have only one viable queen.  You
may now travel through the southeast United States and find
dozens of colonies per acre.  Each colony may contain
several viable queens and each colony may even share
resources with its neighbors.
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