Risks Associated with Red Imported Fire Ants

Red imported fire ants are not native to the United States although they are relatively widespread within the southeastern region of the country. The red imported fire ant arrived in the 1930s from Brazil and has remained fairly unchecked, leading to mass expansion. Red fire ants exist within large colonies with they will aggressively defend.

The red imported fire ant is an omnivorous species and will feed on various sources or protein, seeds and food found in homes. This species will use its enlarged mandible to attach itself to its prey to inject an alkaloid venom. The ant will pivot in a circle to deliver multiple stings until it is removed or causes the victim’s death.

Fire Ant Bites

The bite of a fire ant is easily noticed as it produces red bumps accompanied by a stinging or burning sensation. Depending on the length of attachment, a circle of red bumps may be present due to the nature of how they attack. After a period of time, the alkaloid venom will cause a small blister.

In general, the bumps associated with a fire ant sting disappear within an hour, but blisters take much longer. Blisters associated with red imported fire ant stings can leave scars once fully healed. Extensive localized reactions could lead to limb swelling and my last as long as three days.

Individuals who are sensitive may develop severe allergic reactions. This can be manifested as diarrhea, vomiting, chest tightness or swelling of the tongue. In the most extreme cases, anaphylaxis caused by reactions to the sting may be fatal. In general, minor symptoms can be alleviated with cold compresses, antihistamines and pain relievers.

At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook and Google+.

At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook.

Posted In:
Tags:

Recent Articles

Posted In:
Tags: