Wacky Pest Wednesday: Fire Ants

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Happy Wednesday to all you Tri-County Pest Control fans out there, and welcome to our latest edition of Wacky Pest Wednesday!  Please keep on reading to learn why fire ants are some pretty wacky pests!

When it comes to talking about ants, fire ants usually pop up somewhere in the conversation.  These critters are not native to the United States (instead, they are native to the Amazon in South America), yet their bite has been feared by many Americans for a handful of years.  While people most often know fire ants for their painful bite, there are so many other things that they do which makes them a truly wacky pest.

For example, fire ants have a pretty peculiar understanding of physics, namely because they can link up with one another to do some pretty amazing things like make bridges and rafts.  There are even some cases of fire ants building a bridge of ants without any other support, and using it to move the colony to another spot or even to send soldier to attack another bug.  Scientists say that when the ants are linked together, they act like both a solid and a liquid—firm when they have to be, and flexible when they must. Indeed, engineers are studying how fire ants can do all of these pretty cool things in the hopes of creating adaptable robots.  You can check out more about this in this video from Vox.

Back on the insect side of things, a fire ant infestation can be pretty costly, as you can expect anywhere between 100,000-500,000 of them to be in a colony.  Luckily enough, our region usually does not see colonies of that size, yet that does not mean that you should sleep on these critters. After all, a bite from a fire ant is pretty painful, and can sometimes prove fatal if someone is allergic.

Fire ants are surely nothing to mess with (unless you are a researcher, of course!) so if you happen to see some of these little red guys on your property, please give us a call as soon as you can.  In no time, you’ll have a Tri-County Pest Control technician to give you some oh-so sweet pest relief.

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