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Commercial Fire Ant Control in Athens, GA

Commercial Fire Ant Management in All of Georgia and Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina

Fire ants pose a significant threat to commercial properties, particularly those with considerable outdoor spaces such as restaurants, hotels, and agricultural enterprises. Left unchecked, these tiny intruders easily disrupt day-to-day operations and tarnish your business’s reputation. More than just a nuisance, these pests can cause considerable structural damage to buildings, chewing through insulation and even electrical wiring. Fire ants are also known to inflict painful bites on humans, leading to potential liability concerns. 

When fire ants invade, you can count on American Pest Control for responsive commercial fire ant control in Athens, GA. Our seasoned and licensed technicians understand how to quickly locate these pests, eliminate their colonies, and keep them from coming back – all while minimizing disruptions to your business’s day-to-day operations. 

If you have spotted fire ants anywhere on your commercial property, do not wait to request a free inspection and estimate by calling (706) 702-4532 or contacting us online.

How Fire Ants Infiltrate Businesses 

Fire ants are attracted to commercial properties for several reasons. These properties often provide an abundant and consistent food source. Commercial premises, especially those related to food industries such as restaurants and hotels, also regularly generate large quantities of waste, which fire ants can easily exploit. 

Landscaping elements commonly found in commercial settings can serve as ideal habitats for fire ant colonies.

fire ants outside a commercial building

 These ants are known to prefer sunny, open areas such as lawns, parks, and fields for their mounds. The landscaped areas associated with many businesses offer these conditions, making them attractive nesting sites. 

Finally, the infrastructure and buildings themselves can draw fire ants in. They are attracted to electrical equipment due to the warmth and magnetic fields they emit.

Entry points for fire ants are often plentiful in commercial properties. Cracks and crevices in the building's structure, loose seals around doors and windows, and ventilation systems can all serve as access points for these pests. Once inside, fire ants are adept at finding undisturbed, hidden spaces to build their colonies. They tend to prefer areas that are warm and humid, such as boiler rooms, behind wall panels, and in utility housing. These areas often provide the ants with the warmth they need for their larvae to develop, and they are usually free from regular human activity, offering the ants a relatively undisturbed environment in which to thrive. Cafeterias, waste disposal areas, and storage spaces can supply these pests with the resources they need to sustain their colonies. 

Fire ants also frequently build nests outdoors. They typically build their distinctive mounds in soil, which can lead to unsightly and hazardous conditions on any commercial property.

Our technicians are familiar with how to efficiently locate and remove fire ant colonies. When you trust us with commercial fire ant control in Athens, GA, we can also determine what may be drawing them to your property and help you take steps to avoid future infestations. 

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Why Your Business Should Not Ignore a Possible Fire Ant Infestation

Ignoring or putting off addressing a possible fire ant infestation in a commercial property can have adverse, far-reaching consequences. These pests do more than present a significant risk to the structural integrity of buildings and even outdoor structures. They also pose a considerable threat to public health and safety.

Fire ants get their name thanks to their notorious stings, which can cause painful reactions. A fire ant sting will always cause some pain and discomfort, but they can also trigger dangerous allergic reactions in some people. A business that neglects a fire ant problem may inadvertently put its employees, customers, or visitors at risk. This can lead to legal implications and potential damages for personal injury lawsuits, consequently harming a business's reputation and leading to a potential loss of customers.

Additionally, fire ants can cause extensive damage to buildings and equipment. They are known to chew through insulation and electrical wiring, leading to costly repairs and downtimes. This can disrupt business operations and lead to significant financial losses. Furthermore, the damage to electrical systems can increase the risk of fire, amplifying the potential damage and danger.

Businesses can also suffer from intangible setbacks when dealing with a fire ant problem. A visible infestation can create a negative perception of the business, implying a lack of hygiene and care. This can be particularly damaging for businesses such as restaurants or hotels, where cleanliness and comfort are paramount. The presence of fire ants can discourage customers, affecting the business's overall revenue and reputation in the long term.

Put simply, any business should deal with fire ants promptly after discovering them. Acting fast can help you avoid these consequences and prevent an infestation from escalating.

Signs Your Business May Have a Fire Ant Problem

Detecting fire ants at the earliest possible stage is crucial for implementing effective control measures. Recognizing common warning signs early can help your business respond swiftly, preventing larger infestations and reducing the potential damage caused by these pests.

You should not wait to explore commercial fire ant control in Athens, GA, if you notice any of the following indicators of their presence: 

  • Frequent sightings. Regular sightings of ants in and around your premises are a clear indication of a problem. Fire ants are small, reddish-brown, and move in well-defined trails.
  • Visible mounds. The most recognizable sign of a fire ant infestation is the presence of their distinctive mounds in open areas. These mounds are generally dome-shaped and can be quite large, reaching up to 18 inches in diameter. Unlike other ant species, fire ants do not leave an opening in the center of the mound, making their structures somewhat easier to identify.
  • Strange soil structures. Fire ants are known to construct their nests in soil, so any unexplained, loose soil or sand structures on your property might indicate a fire ant problem. Their nests are often found near structural foundations or landscaping, like shrubbery or trees.
  • Bites and stings. Fire ants are aggressive and will sting humans who disrupt their colonies. If you, your employees, or your customers report painful, itchy, red welts with a white pustule on the skin, they may have been stung by fire ants.
  • Damage to electrical equipment. Fire ants are attracted to electrical equipment, often causing damage with their nesting activities. If you notice unexplained electrical short circuits or failures and rule out other potential causes, fire ants could be to blame, especially if you notice mounds in nearby outdoor areas.

American Pest Control is ready to help you eliminate fire ants and keep your commercial property safe. Request a complimentary inspection and quote today by contacting us online or calling (706) 702-4532.

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