How To Prevent A Fire Ant Infestation in Brampton

What Is a Fire Ant? A fire ant is an arthropod that builds its anthills in soft soil. The ants enter their mounds from all sides – unlike other ant species. More than 20 species of fire ants exist in the world. 

There are four significant subspecies of native fire ants: native southern fire ants, tropical fire ants, desert fire ants, and tiny fire ants.

During the early 1900s, red fire ants (Solenopsis Invicta) were accidentally imported from South America. Pests like these are spreading like wildfire across Canada and have become common. Some have even displaced the native species.

Tip: If you see a native fire ant mound in your yard, consider leaving it alone if it isn’t causing any problems. If you remove it via DIY ant removal in Brampton, you open the door for more aggressive imported fire ants to move in.

What Do Fire Ants Look Like?

Almost all the ants you find around your home or garden look like fire ants. The features that distinguish them are their bright red to black colour and antennae, which have ten segments – nine following the first bend (elbow).

Is It Possible To Spot Native And Imported Fire Ants Differently? Yes! Here is how?

Native Fire Ants:

  • The same size
  • 1/16-inch to 1/8-inch. Almost 1/4-inch long
  • A bright red to black colour
  • The mound is between one and two feet high

Imported Fire Ants:

  • There are different sizes of workers (polymorphic)
  • Compound eyes with red and black pupils
  • Bodies with two segments
  • Black gaster stinger (bulbous posterior portion)
  • Colonies large enough to support 300,000 individuals
  • Three feet high and two feet wide is the maximum size of the mound

Fire Ant Signs Around The Home

Mounds are the first sign of fire ants’ presence since their colonies mainly occur outside and underground. Fire ants usually prefer to be outdoors and only come inside when rains have ruined their mound or if they need protection during scorching, dry weather.

The following signs can also identify fire ants:

  • After a rain, the soil appears fluffy due to burrowing underground
  • The Ant Trail
  • Symptoms include itchy, burning, and pus-filled pimples

How To Get Rid Of Fire Ants in Brampton

You can eliminate fire ants’ nests by targeting the mound (nest). You can kill fire ants by saturating their nests with toxic liquid pesticides. The tops of hills and around the yard can also be treated with granular or powdered insecticides.

The following non-chemical solution is suitable for families with kids and pets: Pour 3 to 5 gallons of boiling water into the nest for fire ant removal in Brampton from your house. It will kill the majority of the ants and their queen without putting your health at risk.

Final Words

If you have any concerns about applying insecticide safely around your family and pets, you should call an ant control professional for ant removal in Brampton. Depending on the severity of the infestation, a single treatment can be quite reasonably priced. For a long period of a pest-free home, your best bet is to consider the home protection plan. You can contact us for more details, and we would be happy to assist you.

Waheed Ahmed, CEO of Pesticon Pest Control

Written by: Waheed Ahmed Founder & CEO, Pesticon Pest Control

For over 18 years, Waheed has provided customers with the best pest control services in the Greater Toronto Area. The longevity of Pesticon is due to his philosophy of genuinely caring for his customers and putting them first. It's this kind of passion that has won him the HomeStars Award over 9 years in a row. 

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