See how to kill the fire ant queen to be rid of the colony. Fire ants can attack anyone who disturbs their mounds. However, according to ScienceDaily, they can also attack you indoors.
It was around 60 years ago when fire ants first arrived in the United States, spreading across Puerto Rico and Southeastern US. They consumed a big chunk of the population of native black ants in the Southeast and not too long ago, they were also spotted in several Western states.
Fire ants can sting as well as kill invertebrates as their main source of food. They are also known for killing farm animals when no food is available. Studies revealed that the stings of fire ants have some medical complications, ranging from mild irritation on the site of the string to death because of generalized allergic reaction that depends on the victim’s physical condition and the number of stings.
Stings of fire ants outdoors or at ant mounts were found to cause at least 80 fatalities. However, it was in 1989 when the first ever case of fire ants that attack humans in a building was reported. From then on, seven more attacks on people indoors in 6 states were reported. Out of the 10 reported attacks indoors, 4 patients didn’t experience clinical complications. A baby of 5 days old attacked inside the crib lived after going into shock and coma.
A 2-year old child that was developmentally delayed suffered from cornea damage after getting attacked on his eyes by fire ants. Two patients in a nursing home died in a matter of 6 days after the attack.
Fire ants can definitely pose some serious threats but you can kill their queen if you follow the 3 steps shared by Jacqueline at Deep Roots at Home.
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