90% Of Central Texans Have Been Attacked By Red-Imported Fire Ants, Making The Region The Most Fire Ant-Heavy Region In Texas

Many of the most frequently encountered ant pests in the United States originate from other countries. Some of these common ant pests include Pharaoh ants, pavement ants and crazy ants. Although many non-native ant species in the US are well known house pests, some have inhabited the country for such a long time that they have adapted to the environment, and are not technically considered “invasive.” However, a large number of non-native ants that have invaded the country relatively recently have established an invasive habitat in Texas and other southern states where they inflict serious environmental damage in addition to being major household pests. These invasive ant pests include Argentine ants, longhorned crazy ants, and of course, red-imported fire ants. Red-imported fire ants have become established throughout the southern states, but they are particularly problematic in Texas. In fact, central Texas is the worst region in the state for red-imported fire ant pest issues, as 90 percent of the population has sustained fire ant stings.

Red-imported fire ants are well known for being one of the most dangerous insect pests inhabiting the US, and numerous people have died in response to their repeated stings since they were introduced into the country back in the 1930s. The vast majority of red-imported fire ant fatalities occur due to serious allergic reactions to their venom, and it is estimated that at least one percent of the population is allergic. Red-imported fire ants cannot be eradicated from areas of the natural environment where they have already become established, but in recent years, authorities have successfully contained wild populations, making it unlikely for the ant pests to continue expanding their habitat. While red-imported fire ants frequently establish lawn infestations, household infestations are not uncommon. In order to prevent red-imported fire ants from invading structures, the exterior cracks, crevices and other entry points on a home should be sealed. Anyone who sustains multiple stings should seek medical attention, even those who are not allergic.

Have you ever spotted red-imported fire ants within a home?

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Crazy Ants Have Terrorized School Children, Caused Power Outages In Homes, And Are Moving Into Houses, But Researchers May Be Able To End The Ant Scourge In Texas

The South American ant species known as N. fulva, or the crazy ant, was spotted for the first time on US soil in Houston back in 2002. Since then, this troublesome ant has established an invasive habitat in southeastern and parts of central Texas. These ants are unique for fitting just about every category of “pest” that has been established, as this species is an agricultural pest, yard pest, house pest, and a pest of medical significance to animals, including large livestock, like cows. Although the crazy ant does not infest structural wood like carpenter ants, swarms of these invasive ants do infest electrical devices like appliances, fuse boxes, electrical utility boxes, sewage pumps and power grids, making the insects “structural pests” as well. Basically, all types of electrical equipment can fail due to crazy ant infestations, and these types of infestations have been found within and near homes and buildings, sometimes causing power outages.

In 2014, crazy ants swarmed young school children that were on a field trip in Estero Llano Grande State Park in Weslaco. It was during this time that park authorities discovered that crazy ants had killed off numerous insect and arachnid species within the park, including scorpions and tarantulas. The invasive ants even managed to blind rabbits and other animals by spraying their naturally occurring acid into their eyes. Enormous crazy ant nests had become established around the parks restrooms, posing a serious threat to visitors.

Unlike most ant species, crazy ants do not construct defined nests; instead, they simply gather in massive number over all types of natural and manmade surfaces. Residents living in areas of Texas where these ants have become established have found their homes inundated with these ants, causing widespread terror, but luckily, the bites these ants inflict to humans is not very painful.

In response to the crazy ant dispersal across southeastern Texas, a University of Texas researcher, Ed LeBraun, is determined to find a biological control method in the form of a crazy ant predator to control crazy ant populations before the insects make further advancements into urban and residential areas. Unfortunately, LeBraun claims that the insects probably cannot be eradicated from the state, but they can be controlled.

Have you ever encountered a swarm of crazy ants?

 

Waco Ant Control Tips! | iPest Solutions

Of all the U.S. ant species, carpenter ants and fire ants pose the most risks for homeowners. Carpenter ants excavate wood in order to build their nests, which can compromise a home’s structural soundness, and fire ants in the southern US and California can inflict painful stings in high numbers that can cause anaphylactic shock in about 2 percent of the population. You can utilize these ant control tips to avoid an ant infestation! Waco Fire Ant Control

  • Wipe up crumbs and spills immediately
  • Store garbage in sealed containers and remove from the home frequently
  • Keep food packages closed or sealed and store products in air-tight containers
  • Avoid leaving food out on the counter or pet food out on the floor for long periods of time
  • Repair holes or gaps in window and door screens
  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes
  • Keep tree branches and shrubbery well-trimmed and away from the house
  • Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows
  • If you suspect an ant or any pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect, identify and treat the problem

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A Skydiver Is Saved By Venomous Fire Ants After Her Parachute Fails To Open

A Skydiver Is Saved By Venomous Fire Ants After Her Parachute Fails To Open

Not everybody has the guts to give skydiving a chance. Many adrenaline junkies cannot get enough skydiving in their lives, and the activity is relatively safe, as it is rare for parachutes to fail at opening. Although parachutes open for skydivers nearly one hundred percent of the time, the thought of a parachute not opening is enough to keep many people from attempting this extreme sport. Imagine for a moment what it would feel like to discover a malfunctioning parachute while falling from a height of well over fourteen thousand feet. If you found yourself in this situation what would you do? Of course, there would not be a lot to do in this situation except for attempting to steer oneself toward a relatively soft area in which to land. In addition to this, skydivers are trained to brace their bodies in a particular manner before making impact with the ground. In any case, one thing you certainly would not be thinking about in such an intense moment is fire ants. However, a woman who jumped from a plane with a failed parachute managed to survive, and she owes her life to fire ants.

There are not many situations in which falling on a fire ant nesting mound would be advantageous, but one woman managed to find a benefit. Back on September 25th, 1999, a forty seven year old woman named Joan Murray went skydiving. Unfortunately, on that day, Murray’s parachute failed to open after she jumped from a plane that was flying at an altitude of fourteen thousand five hundred feet. Murray’s secondary parachute also failed to deploy, which led to Murray crashing into a fire ant mound at more than eighty miles per hour. These fire ants did not waste any time attacking her unconscious body before she was rushed to the hospital. According to doctors, the fire ants shocked Murray’s heart into beating in addition to stimulating her nerves. By attacking Murray, the fire ants were helping to preserve her body until she reached a hospital. Murray was in a coma for two weeks and several operations had to be performed on her, but she survived thanks to those fire ants.

Have you ever accidentally disturbed a group of fire ants?

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Waco Ant Control: How to Get Rid of Ants

Waco Ant Control: How to Get Rid of Ants

 

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Common An Invaders | iPest Solutions

  • Odorous House Ants: These ants get their name from the unpleasant odor they give off when crushed, often described as smelling like a rotten coconut. They typically nest in wall voids and crevices and prefer sweet foods.Waco Ant Control
  • Pharaoh Ants: Pharaoh ants prefer sweets, but also consume grease and even shoe polish. They live in extremely large colonies and keep warm near artificial heating sources like baseboard heaters and ovens.
  • Carpenter Ants: This species hollows out nests in both dry and moist wood, though they prefer the latter. They can be particularly hard to remove since their nests can be more difficult to locate.
  • Fire Ants: Fire ants can cause severe allergic reactions in addition to structural damage caused by chewing through the insulation around electrical wiring.
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