Beware The Bug: Fire Ants – The Dangerous Home Invader
At less than 6mm in length, this unassuming, small reddish-brown ant may easily be mistaken for the common household or garden variety ant. But these tiny insects are one houseguest you don’t want visiting your neighbourhood.
Fire ants, also known as red ants, are a variety of stinging ant that was first introduced to Australia in the early 2000’s. Since then, the fire ant population has exploded, with large infestations discovered in the south western suburbs of Brisbane and near the mouth of the Brisbane River. So why all the big fuss over such a small insect? Fire ants have been identified as an invasive pest because they have the potential to cause major social, environmental and economic impacts.
Fire ants pose a serious health risk, particularly to small children or family pets. They are known to have a strong, painful and persistent sting that often leaves a pustule on the skin. Left untreated, fire ant bites can become infected and in a few extreme cases, have been reported fatal. Pets and native animals are also at risk of being stung and may even have allergic reactions and die from the venom.
These insects are pests, not only because of the physical pain they can inflict, but also because their destructive mound-building activities. Mounds formed by fire ant nests can be a serious problem in lawns, sporting fields and golf courses. They can damage plant roots, destroy building foundations and interfere with electrical wiring. Their presence can, in some cases, result in long-term changes to the vegetation of native bushland areas.
Fire ants are extremely resilient. They have been known to survive through flooding, drought and extreme winter temperatures. Hitman is a professional pest control agency that specialises in pest management services throughout the Brisbane, Gold Coast and surrounding areas. Their professional Brisbane pest control experts can help you identify and eradicate fire ants on your property. If you want to protect your loved ones and property from fire ants, contact Hitman on (07) 3827 5000 for a free, no obligation quote.