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Fire Ant Mound: The Home of a Pest

Have you seen a fire ant mound on your property and are not sure what the next step is? It’s easy to identify a fire ant mound, but knowing what to do next is the tricky part. These colony-forming insects are incredibly difficult to completely exterminate, but with the proper guidance, their presence can be diminished significantly. A fire ant mound is so intricately made and inhabited, some mounds may reach up to 200,000 fire ants. Locating and eliminating fire ant mounds around your property is key to keeping your home or business pest-free.

How to locate a fire ant mound?

Fire ant mounds can be found around your property as fluffy domed mounds of soil. Fire ant mounds are typically found several days after a rainstorm. Fire ants work underground to create a network of tunnels. The excavation of these tunnels is what causes the mound to form on top of the ground, and this is what commonly indicates the presence of fire ants. This mound provides cooler temperatures and protection of the tunnels located under the mound. The size and capacity of a fire ant mound depends greatly on weather and temperature. During cold wet periods, the mound is built higher to protect the fire ant larva and pupae, collectively known as brood. Similarly, during hot and dry periods, a fire ant mound may not be as tall, allowing the natural elements to affect the mound more. This is why during the springtime, fire ant mounds are more heavily prevalent. In the spring, mounds appear taller and are easily seen. 

How to tell a fire ant mound from different ant mounds?

One common difference between fire ant mounds compared to other ant mounds is that there is no opening in the center of the mound. Fire ants travel through a network of tunnels underground to forage for food and to tend to their queen. One way to tell if a mound is filled with fire ants is to puncture the mound. Fire ants are very aggressive and will defend their queen at all costs. Once the mound is disturbed worker ants will flood out of the mound and will attack whatever caused the disruption to their home. Fire ants also have a distinctive bite compared to other ants, as their unique mix of venom causes a burning sensation in their victims and will result in a raised blister a day or two after being bitten. 

How deep in a fire ant mound is the queen?

Fire ant mounds can vary drastically in their overall depth, with some mounds having tunnel systems being recorded at 10 feet deep or more. Fire ant queens reside in a chamber inside of the colony and will be protected by an army of worker ants that are constantly tending to her needs. The depth of this chamber is different for each mound, but in every mound, the chamber will be at a depth where the soil will be moist and will best protect the queen from outside predators. 

Contact The Professionals

If your yard has been overrun by fire ant mounds, it is probably time to call the professionals. Once one fire ant mound pops up in your yard, it is most likely that more will come. Get rid of these pests once and for all with our professional help at Clegg’s Pest Control. Fill out the form below for a free inspection and we will be over in no time!


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