Crawfish are one of the best things about living here in Louisiana and much of the South. Ants are on the other end of the spectrum and something that everyone who grew up here had to deal with, and those that moved here later, well, you find out about them in short notice! These social insects usually produce hills or mounds in open areas where the colonies reside. Once ants make their way into your house, that creates a whole other issue! However, whether you’re dealing with ants indoors or out, fire ants or crazy ants on your property, The Bug Man can treat them all!
These fire ants build mounds in almost any type of soil, but prefer open, sunny areas such as meadows, pastures, parks, playgrounds, lawns, sports fields and golf courses, as well as agricultural land and wilderness areas. Often mounds are located in rotting logs and around stumps and trees. Colonies also can occur in or under buildings. Fire ants will not create mounds when the weather is extremely hot (above 36◦C or 96◦F) or dry. At these times they go deep underground during the day and come out at night to forage. Fire ant stings are painful, characterized by a local burning sensation, which swells into a bump within hours. The bump may develop into a white pustule within 24–36 hours, which can become infected if scratched, but will spontaneously flatten within a few days if left alone.
Crazy ants are another breed of ants that have been on the rise in Louisiana over the last few years. While they don’t sting or bite, crazy ants can cause structural damage because they often nest in homes, electrical boxes, etc. and they thrive and multiply in moist, wooded areas, cracks, crevices–anywhere they can find shelter. While people have tried to end the pests’ existence, they often find they are fighting a losing battle.
Fire ants are no joke and crazy ants are just a pain in the you know what! But, we can help. Contact The Bug Man, we have products such as granular treatment to the ant mound to kill them and then liquid treatment options around the structure of the home to help you keep them out of your yard.