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Everything You Need to Know About Ant Bites, According to Experts


Fire Ants Photo by Peter F. Wolf

Spring is in the air! As the sun shines for longer hours and the trees and flowers start to bloom, numerous insects will re-emerge after a long winter. While coming in contact with butterflies and ladybugs can be exhilarating (and likely be deemed Instagram-worthy moments!), getting too close to other creatures found in Mother Nature—like ants—can actually be troublesome, and they have the potential to bite, too. It's not just tick bites and mosquito bites you need to worry about! Here’s what you need to know about ant bites, including symptoms, what they look like, and prevention strategies.

Yes, ants can bite—and sometimes, they’ll leave you with pain, swelling, or redness after an encounter. Here’s what to know about ant bites, including symptoms, how to treat them, and even how to prevent getting one in the first place.

What are ant bites?

There are many different ants that make various types of venom. And although ants have strong jaws and teeth (referred to as mandibles) and can bite when feeling threatened, ant bites are technically stings—and the insects that do this are known as fire ants

Fire ants are between 1/8 to 1/4 inches in length, tend to be associated with large mounds that measure up to 12 inches high and 18 inches wide, and nest in moist, grassy environments (such as ponds, riverbanks, and irrigated lawns) in warmer climates that don’t deal with frigid winter temperatures, states the non-profit organization Allergy & Asthma Network.

These ants tend to go on the attack usually after their nest has been disturbed. As it injects the venom through the stinger, each ant bites at an average of seven to eight times while rotating its body in a circular pattern, according to a review written by the Mayo Clinic and published in Stat Pearls, the world’s largest library of peer-reviewed articles.

The end result: “Pain, swelling, and redness, with maybe a white tip at the end of the red bump, known as a pustule,” 

What are the symptoms of ant bites?

The most common reaction is feeling an intense burning sensation, followed by itching and a raised, red welt on the skin that lasts for approximately four to six hours,  Other typical symptoms include painful, pus-filled blisters that can last for three to eight days, along with a scab that forms at the bite site which can remain on the skin anywhere from three to ten days, 

“While less common, some will develop a larger reaction, such as similar features covering a larger surface (perhaps about ten centimetres or the size of a palm) and may last longer than 24 hours,”

However, she warns that not everyone will experience a localized reaction. “The venom can cause an allergic reaction, leading to the appearance of a red bump at the site of the sting typically within one to four hours,” continues Dr. Lee. “Plus, some people will get hives and severe itching—and most severely can have anaphylaxis, which is a medical emergency.”

Also known as anaphylactic shock, symptoms present within 30 to 40 minutes of the bite and are life threatening if not treated immediately. “If anyone develops trouble breathing or swallowing, and/or weakness or fainting after ant bites, they should seek emergency medical care,” 

How are ant bites treated?

For those dealing with a typical reaction, she advises washing the area with soap and cold water—and to avoid scratching. “If the sting site is itching severely—and there are no other symptoms—you could consider taking an over-the-counter antihistamine, as well as applying an over-the-counter anti-itch cream with hydrocortisone.” 

Pain and swelling can be minimized with cold compresses. Larger, localized reactions may need to be treated by a physician, who may prescribe a steroid ointment and/or an oral stereoscopic, such as prednisone, recommends the AOCD.

Can ant bites be prevented?

As for how to keep fire ants at bay, the most effective strategy is to be aware of your surroundings. “Ant bite prevention basically requires avoidance of ants, including decreasing the ant population in your home or yard with insecticide (or if there are some natural remedies claiming to repel ants),”  The medical review published in Stat Pearls suggests staying away from dirt ant mounds, along with tucking pants into socks or boots when spending time in high-risk areas.

“For anyone with known allergies or anaphylactic reactions to insect bites, ask your doctor or if you want to get rid from fire ants contact us for effective pest control services


How to Get Rid of Ants with Ant Baits

Baiting for ants can be an extremely effective option for resolving many ant infestations...IF you happen to know HOW to bait for ants. That may be worth repeating. Baiting for ants can be an extremely effective option for resolving many ant infestations IF YOU HAPPEN TO KNOW HOW TO BAIT FOR ANTS. If you do not know how to bait for ants, however, your ant treatment efforts may not only fail to resolve your ant problem, they may actually make the ant infestation even worse.

Perhaps more than with any other pesticide product formulation, understanding the biology and behavioral tendencies of specific ant species is essential to executing an effective ant baiting program. With that knowledge in hand, skilled pest controllers have a high likelihood of resolving almost any ant infestation by exclusively using targeted bait products, enjoying the many benefits of baiting such as limited risk of exposure, ease of application, and many others.

Unlike many other pesticide formulations that are labeled for control of a broad spectrum of pests such as insecticide sprays, aerosols, and dusts, ant baits are targeted specifically for ants, and in some cases, for specific species of ants. What this means is that not only will ant baits typically be ineffective for roaches, spiders, or other pests, they will not all be equally effective against all species of ants. And while many ant bait products may be labeled for use on many different ant species, they may not all be equally effective against all of them. So using ant baits effectively requires a combination of skills and expertise that isn't always necessary for use with other products.

Unless you're able to identify the specific ants species you're dealing with, an ant baiting program probably shouldn't even be a consideration. Using an arbitrary ant bait product for an unknown species of ant has a very low probability of success and a high probability of disenchantment. Remember, certain ant bait products will work better for certain ant species than others, and some ant bait products won't work at all on certain ant species. Before you begin to bait for ants, you've got to know what kind of ant you've got in order to determine what kind of bait options may be effective and to understand how and where bait placements may need to be made.

In general, ants adhere to very distinct travel patterns from their colony to their source of food or water and then back again to their colony. It is important to identify where the ants are coming from (as that will lead you to their colony), and where they are going to (as that will indicate what factors exist that are causing the ants to be there). Often times where they are going to (the food or water source) is a contributing factor that may need to be corrected as part of your ant baiting program.

If you have ants trailing, observing their behaviors can typically provide this necessary information. Ants carrying particles of food, for instance, are almost always heading directly back in the direction of the colony. Follow their paths as far as possible, as this will move you closer to understand their point of origin.

In the process of determining where they are coming from and going to, you will also want to identify how they are actually getting into the building. Common points of entry often include openings around doors, windows, utility penetrations, plumbing lines, settlement cracks in the foundation, tree limbs touching the house, attic opens, and many others. In some instance, sealing off potential points of ant access will be a part of your ant baiting program.

Why have these particular ants chose to set up camp in your particular home or building? Invariably, the presence of ants inside a building is almost (but not always) a function of the presence of ants in the exterior environment around the building. In all likelihood, these ants are present on the outside because the conditions on the outside are favorable for these ants to be there.

Some of this is a function of geography. Certain areas of certain neighborhoods may naturally be subject to a much higher prevalence of various ant species. Some of it may also have to do with the particular vegetation or plant-life you have on your property, a some ants are drawn to certain types of trees, bushes, shrubs, and flowers. White Footed Ants, for instances, feed primarily on plant nectars and honeydew, which is a sweet substance produced by insects such as aphids. Foliage lending itself to the presence of aphids, then, is likely to also play host to large populations of White Footed Ants.

Tree limbs coming in direct contact with the home is another very common factor contributing to certain species of ants, particular those species living in and upon trees. Other ants, such as the Big Headed Ant, may tunnel in around thresholds and behind siding in a manner similar to that of subterranean termites.

Contributing factors can also exist inside the home as well, and may often be associated with improper sanitation or food storage practices. By maintaining a clean, sanitary environment and storing all food stuffs (including pet foods) in sealed, air-tight containers, the contributing factors will be lessened.

Now that you know what species of ant you've got, where they are coming from and going to, and what factors are contributing both inside and outside the structure, you are now ready to begin considering which ant bait product(s) may be best for your particular situation. First, start by looking at the labels of the various pest control bait products to see if the ant species you are dealing with is listed on that particular product label. If your ant species is not listed, that particular bait is not specifically designed for it. Move on to the next product. After looking at the labels of several ant bait products, you will be left with a handful of potential products for your ant situation.

From here, begin to do some research as to the feeding tendencies of the particular ant species you're dealing with. Some gel baits may be labeled for Big Headed Ants, for instance, but granular baits are almost always a better option. On the flip side, granular baits will be almost entirely ineffective against White Footed Ants, Ghost Ant, or Pharaoh Ants, making gel bait formulations a better option for dealing with those species.

Nothing will impact the success or failure of your ant baiting program more than how and where you make your bait applications. As a general rule, for most species of ants, ant gel bait is best placed in protected areas in direct proximity to foraging trails and as close to points of entry as possible in order to maximize bait acceptance and encourage aggressive feeding. It is typically NOT a good idea to make initial ant bait applications on interior portions of the building or around areas such as pantries, sinks, or counter tops, as this may encourage an increase in ant activity to these particular areas. Remember, ant are going to be drawn to wherever you choose to place the bait. So don't make bait applications in areas where you don't want to be seeing ants while the bait runs its course.

Ant Gel Baits should be applied in protected areas in direct proximity to foraging trails and as close to points of entry as possible. Ant Bait Granules should typically be applied outdoors in proximity to ant mounds or foraging trails.

Remember that effective baiting for ants is a slow, deliberate process that takes time to totally eliminate the ant population. This is by design. Ant baits are intended to work slowly in order to allow enough time for impacted ants to pass lethal doses of the toxins on to other ants within the colony before dying. If baits kill too quickly, this lack of transfer ability won't have a chance to work its way through the entire colony or back to the queen.

The DO'S and DONT'S of Ant Baiting

DO make bait applications near foraging trails and points of entry

DO NOT make bait application on counter tops, pantry shelves, or other similar areas where you do not want to see an increase or recurring ant presence

DO give the bait time to work. It can sometimes take several days or weeks to knock out an ant infestation;

DO NOT expect immediate ant elimination results;

DO provide an ample supply of ant bait at the time of the initial application. Providing too ant bait won't allow for colony elimination, and may prevent or slow down bait acceptance during follow up applications

DO NOT apply just a little bit of any bait and expect positive results

DO make targeted bait applications and make sure ants are coming to the baited area within a matter of minutes and feeding aggressively, and continue applying additional bait in that area as needed to ensure an ample supply

DO make small bait applications in other areas of suspected activity as a means of testing for ant presence

DO NOT make large scale bait applications in random areas throughout the structure

DO consider using multiple ant bait products to determine which ones are most accepted. In order for an ant bait to eliminate an ant colony, aggressive feeding is essential. If the ants are not taking to one bait product, introduce another one

DO NOT disturb ants feeding on ant baits, or spray any cleaners or other chemicals on foraging ant or ant trails during your baiting program. Alarming ants may cause them to stop feeding for many days and sprays of any type can ruin the effectiveness of the ant bait

DO NOT spray other pesticides, either indoors or outdoors, while executing an ant baiting program. Although some non-repellent concentrate products may be used in combination with ant baits in certain instances, improper techniques may drastically delay the baiting process.

Mubeen Khalid Sial
Your's Professional Pest Controller
Cell# : 03004877721

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دیمک چھوٹے، ہلکے رنگ کی ہوتی  ہےاور اسکی خوراک لکڑی  ہے ۔ اگر دیمک آپ کی عمارت میں ہے۔ تواس سے بہت زیادہ نقصان کی توقع ہے. درحقیقت دیمک بہت زیادہ نقصان پہنچاتی ہے۔
کوئی بھی دیمک کی انفیکشن اپنی عمارت میں نہیں چاہتا، لیکن بدقسمتی سے اگر علاج کا مناسب منصوبہ نہیں بنایا گیا ہے تو دیمک کے مسئلے سے بچنا مشکل ہو سکتا ہے۔
ہمارا ٹرمائٹ ٹریٹمنٹ گائیڈ آپ کو خود معائنہ کے لیے تجویز کردہ تکنیک بتاتا ہے آپ اپنے گھر کے لیے پیشہ ورانہ معیار کی دیمک کنٹرول سروس حاصل کر سکتے ہیں تاکہ آپ اعتماد کے ساتھ وقت پر دیمک کو ختم کر سکیں اور نقصان  سے  بچ سکے ۔
اس بات کی نشاندہی کرنا کہ کون سی دیمک آپ کی املاک کو متاثر کر رہی ہے کیونکہ دیمک کی مختلف اقسام کو علاج کے مختلف طریقوں کی ضرورت پڑ سکتی ہے۔
دیمک کی غلط شناخت غلط علاج کی مصنوعات کا استعمال نقصان کا باعث بن سکتا ہے، جس سے آپ کا وقت اور پیسہ ضائع ہوتا ہے۔
تو دیمک کیسی لگتی ہے؟ دور سے چیونٹیوں سے ملتی جلتی نظر آتی ہے لیکن ان میں باریک فرق موجود ہیں جن کا مشاہدہ آپ دونوں کے درمیان فرق کرنے کے لیے کر سکتے ہیں جبکہ دیمک کا پیٹ سیدھا ہوتا ہے، چیونٹیوں کی کمر چوڑی  ہوتی ہے۔ دیمک کے پاس اینٹینا کی طرح سیدھی ریڈیو تار ہوتی ہے جبکہ چیونٹیوں کے پاس مڑی ہوتی ہے۔
دیمک کے پروں کی لمبائی ایک جیسی ہوتی ہے جبکہ چیونٹیوں کے پر مختلف لمبائی کے ہوتے ہیں۔
دیمک اور چیونٹی کے درمیان فرق بتانے میں مدد کرنے کے لیے رنگ بھی ایک اہم عنصر ہو سکتا ہے۔
چیونٹیاں اور دیمک دونوں مختلف رنگوں میں  ہیں، ورکر اور سپاہی دیمک بنیادی طور پر کریمی سفید یا صاف رنگ کے ہوتے ہیں جبکہ چیونٹیاں اس رنگ میں کبھی نہیں آتیں۔
دیمک کی تین اہم اقسام ہیں جن کے بارے میں فکر کرنا ضروری ہے: زیر زمین دیمک، ڈرائی ووڈ دیمک، اور ڈیمپ ووڈ دیمک۔ ان تینوں گروہوں کے اندر دیمک کی تقسیم کردار کے لحاظ سے الگ ہوتی ہے۔
دیمک کی صحیح شناخت کے لیے جو آپ کی جائیداد کو متاثر کر رہی ہے، آپ کو گھر کا معائنہ کرنے کی ضرورت ہے تاکہ یہ معلوم کیا جا سکے کہ دیمک کہاں واقع ہے۔
معائنہ کے دوران آپ کو دیمک کی سرگرمی اور دیمک کے نقصانات کی تلاش ہوگی۔ لکڑی کے اندر کا معائنہ کرنے کے لیے ٹارچ اور سکریو ڈرایور یا تیز ختم شدہ چیز سے معائنہ کریں۔
اپنے گھر کے اندر دیکھنا شروع کریں۔ تہہ خانوں، رینگنے کی جگہوں اور لکڑی کا استعمال کرنے والے کمرے میں دیکھیں۔ چھت کے جوڑ، سپورٹ بیم، لکڑی کے کھڑکی کے فریم، لکڑی کے دروازے کے فریموں کا معائنہ کریں،
اور آپ کے گھر کا کوئی بھی حصہ لکڑی کا بنا ہوا ہو۔ باہر باڑ، آنگن، پورچ، ڈیک، لکڑی کے راستے، اور لکڑی سے بنی عمارت کے کسی  حصے میں ۔ ڈھانچے کی بنیاد کو دیکھیں جہاں مٹی لکڑی سے ملتی ہے۔
آپ کو دیمک یا دیمک کی سرگرمی کی علامات جیسے دیمک کی لکیریں، دیمک کے پروں اور دیمک کی گیلریوں کو تلاش کرنے کی ضرورت ہے۔ دیمک کی لکیریں چھوٹی سرنگیں ہیں جو مٹی سے ڈھانچے تک جڑوں کی طرح اگتی ہیں۔
تمام پرجاتیوں کے دیمک تولیدی عمل کے دوران اپنے پروں کو ضائع کر دیتے ہیں۔ اگر آپ کو کہیں بھی دیمک کے پنکھ نظر آتے ہیں تو یہ تشویش کا ایک بڑا سبب ہونا چاہیے کیونکہ اس کا مطلب ہے کہ دیمک کی آبادی اتنی زیادہ بڑھ گئی ہے کہ دیمک اپنا گھونسلہ چھوڑ رہی ہے۔
دیمک پرجاتیوں سے فراس (لکڑی کا چورا ) پیدا ہوتا ہے، اور آپ اسے خراب شدہ لکڑی کے نیچے پا سکتے ہیں۔
لکڑی کے اندر معائنہ کریں. دیمک گیلریوں کو دیکھنے کے لیے ٹارچ اور سکریو ڈرایور کا استعمال کریں۔ دیمک گیلریاں لکڑی کے اندر چھوٹی سرنگیں ہیں۔
اگر آپ کو دیمک کی گیلریاں، مٹی کی نلیاں، دیمک کے پر اور فراس ملیں تو آپ کو دیمک کی سرگرمی کا پتہ چل گیا ہے ۔
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Ants Control Services

Ants are among the most prevalent pests in households. They are also found in restaurants, hospitals, offices, warehouses and other buildings where they find food and water. Most ants can bite with their pincer-like jaws (few actually do and some have venomous stings). 

However, they are annoying pests primarily because they appear in large numbers and may nest in wall voids or other part of structures. Ants contaminate and destroy some agricultural products and stored foods. Certain species stain or cause feeding damage to textiles. On outdoor plants, ants protect and care for honeydew-producing insects (aphids, soft scales and mealybugs), which may interfere with the natural biological control of these pests. In nature, ants may perform beneficial functions by preying on certain species of insect pests and aerating soils.

 Ants belong to the insect order Hymenoptera and are close relatives of bees and wasps. Ants, like many other hymenopterans, are social insects with duties divided among different types, or castes, of adult individuals. Queens conduct the reproductive functions of a colony, laying eggs and participating in feeding and grooming. Sterile female workers gather food, feed, and care for the larvae, build tunnels, and defend the colony.

 Workers are not always the same size in a given species as in the case of the black carpenter ant. Larger workers with well-developed mandibles are called soldiers. Males do not participate in colony activities; their only apparent purpose is to mate with the queens, after which the male dies. The male is generally winged and keeps its wings until death. Males are usually larger than workers, but smaller than the female reproductives. Few in number, males are fed and cared for by the workers. 

Basic differences between ants and termites (deemak) Ants have narrow or pinched waists that is, their body is very thin.

In addition, their antennae are elbow wed, meaning that each antennae looks like an arm bent at the elbow. Fully winged adult ants are often confused with swarmer termites, but they can readily be differentiated based on the following: 

1. Ants have elbowed antennae and termites have straight, beadlike antennae.

 2. Ants have pinched waist lines, while the bodies of termites are virtually the same width from end to end (or termites have broad waists).

 3. The front wings of ants are longer than their rear wings, while both pairs of wings of termites are about the same length.

Life cycle of the ant Ants have complete metamorphosis thus the development stages are egg, larva, pupa and adult. The eggs are extremely small and vary in shape according to species. Upon hatching a soft, legless larva is produced. After feeding and passing through several molts, the larvae pupate. The pupa resembles the adult, but it is soft, white and does not move or feed. The adult may require a few days to attain complete maturity after emerging from the pupal stage.

Six to eight weeks or more are required for development from egg to the adult stage depending on the species and climatic conditions. Ants require water for drinking and will travel some distance for it if necessary. This is frequently the reason for finding ants in kitchens or bathrooms of residences or commercial buildings. Ants that invade homes and buildings include 11 imported fire ants may be occasional indoor pests.

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Mubeen Khalid Sial
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