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What To Do About Fire Ants Around Your Hallsville Home

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Texans are no strangers to fire ants. The red imported fire ant was brought to America in the 1930s. By the 1950s, these tiny aggressive ants had migrated and occupied a large portion of the state. Today, many Hallsville homeowners have to dodge fire ant mounds in their yards throughout the majority of the year. 

If you are one of the many homeowners that commonly find fire ants on your lawn, Gecko Pest Control can help. For decades, we have provided comprehensive pest control in Hallsville to help residents with fire ants and other pests. We know how to help you keep your yard free of fire ants.

How To Identify Fire Ants

Fire ants look similar to other types of ants. They typically measure around ?  inch long, have segmented bodies, and have dark reddish-brown bodies. Fire ants might look like your average ant but are far more aggressive. If you come into contact with a fire ant, you will know almost right away when they sting you with their small yet painful stinger.

Another way to identify a fire ant is by looking at the type of mound it lives in. Fire ant mounds can grow to be very large. Typically, a fire mound is around 18 inches tall, but it can grow to measure several feet. In addition to its size, another thing that differentiates a fire ant mound from other ant mounds is the number of entry holes. Unlike other ant mounds, fire ant mounds don't have a noticeable entrance or exit. Instead, the surface of the mound could look smooth or could have several small holes scattered on top of the mound.

If you see a fire ant mound, don't try to destroy it in any way. Instead, contact a professional exterminator right away to get rid of fire ants near your Hallsville home.

Fire Ants Around The House Can Be Problematic For Many Reasons

Several fire ant mounds on your property can keep you indoors and prevent you from enjoying your yard. These small creatures will viciously attack you when you get too close to their mounds. They are capable of stinging a person or animal multiple times in a row.

The venom that they inject when they sting you can cause blister-type bumps on your skin that will itch and sting. While most fire ant stings cause mild symptoms, some people are allergic to fire ant venom and experience severe allergic reactions.

If you suspect you might be allergic to fire ant stings, you should never ignore a fire ant problem. Instead, you should contact a pest control company that can provide professional fire ant treatment quickly and prevent the infestation from growing.

The Most Effective Way To Get Rid Of Fire Ants Around Your Home

There are many DIY fire ant control options available on the market today. However, most of them contain harmful chemicals that can be extremely hazardous to your health if you don't know how to apply them properly. If you are seeing fire ant mounds on your property, the safest way to get rid of them is to team up with a Hallsville fire ant pest control company. A professional will know how to quickly, safely, and effectively remove the fire ants from your yard. 

Tips To Prevent Fire Ants From Coming Back

Fire ants can come into your yard when you least expect it. The best fire ant yard control methods that you can try to keep these pests away from your yard include:

If you are tired of struggling with fire ants around your Hallsville property, give us a call today. Our professional technicians at Gecko Pest Control offer a variety of residential and commercial pest control services in Hallsville. We can eliminate and prevent fire ants in your yard.