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Why Is It So Hard To Get Rid Of Fire Ants Around My South Carolina Property?

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Fire ants are pests that leave a lasting memory if you are an unfortunate victim of their sting or bite. While fire ants are small, they can leave a lasting impact on your property and your health. 

Unfortunately, due to several reasons, fire ants are particularly difficult to get rid of. Thankfully, with an experienced pest control company on your side, you can eliminate them for good. Spencer Pest offers fire ant control services in South Carolina that help you regain control of your property and feel safe again. 

The Danger of Fire Ants

When their colonies are disturbed, fire ants will actively seek out the perceived threat to sting them. After biting down on your skin with their strong jaws, fire ants will insert a stinger into your skin and inject you with venom. This sting packs a punch and can be incredibly painful. For some individuals, the sting can cause a severe allergic reaction. Similarly, small animals and pets can also be stung and experience adverse reactions.

It is generally a good idea to steer clear of any fire ant colonies, but sometimes that is impossible. Many fire ants make their colonies on expansive fields, farms, and yards. This can make them difficult to avoid and cause undue stress and anxiety. However, getting rid of fire ants is incredibly hard. 

Why is it Hard to Get Rid of Fire Ants in South Carolina?

In the south, fire ants are subject to the ideal temperature and environment for them to breed and populate throughout the year. This means there is no dormant period for fire ants in South Carolina. And because they breed quickly, your yard or farm can quickly become overrun with fire ants. 

There are a few main reasons why these ants are difficult to exterminate—the size of their colonies, the existence of multiple queens, their large numbers, and their invasive nature. 

Size of Colonies

Fire ant colonies are incredibly expansive. Their nests can span several feet of distance and connect through underground tunnels. This large tunnel and colony system offers fire ants plenty of room to move around and escape when treated with exterminating chemicals.

Multiple Queens

In addition to the physical size of their colonies, fire ant colonies also contain multiple queens. In a common ant colony, the extermination of the queen will result in the displacement of the rest of the ants. Without a queen, ants don’t know what to do with themselves, so they seek out a new queen. 

Unfortunately, when it comes to fire ants, finding and eliminating a single queen will not destroy the colony because another queen is already available to take her place. To eliminate the entire colony, you must find all the queens and get rid of them. 

Large Numbers

Fire ant colonies consist of a large number of ants. A single colony can be home to over 20,000 ants, and many colonies are connected, leading to up to 250,000 members. Getting rid of this number of ants can be hard to do, particularly if you cannot find all the queens. 

Invasive Species

Fire ants are an invasive species in South Carolina. Because of this, they have no natural predators in the area to reduce or control their numbers. As such, fire ants can spread quickly and easily if not promptly handled. 

Eliminate Fire Ants with Fire Ant Control Service in South Carolina

Thankfully, while fire ants are difficult to eliminate, it is not impossible. With help from a  professional pest control company, you can reclaim your outdoor space. Spencer Pest Services offers fire ant control services in South Carolina to residents struggling with a fire ant colony. Our experience allows us to safely and efficiently remove the pests from your property and help you regain control of your yard. 

Are you struggling to get rid of a fire ant colony? Contact Spencer Pest for effective fire ant control services in South Carolina. Call us at (864) 432-1906 or schedule an inspection.