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5 Problems Fire Ants Cause Homeowners


One of the most problematic, destructive, and malicious, property pests that homeowners in the San Antonio, TX area battle; is the Red Imported Fire Ant. Here are five problems these ants cause:

1. Fire Ants Sting!

If you’ve ever been stung by an ant (not bitten), the culprit was a fire ant. They are the only stinging ant in Texas. These stings hurt. If you stumble across one of the fire ant’s notorious mounds, their bites may come in bunches. Once you experience the first bite, there may be dozens of other ants crawling up your legs—ready to sting!

After a victim has been stung by a fire ant, the sting site will feel like it’s on fire! The area will become red and eventually blister. An itchy rash may develop. If you have insect allergies you may begin to feel dizzy and vomit. If this is the case, seek medical attention.

2. Fire Ant Mounds Destroy Property

Fire Ants

Fire Ants (Photo credit: NatalieMaynor)

One of the biggest problems fire ants impose on homeowners is the destruction of property. Fire ants build huge mounds that burrow almost eight feet deep. These mounds destroy trees and plants, not to mention they are an eyesore—reaching up to three feet in diameter.

3. Fire Ants Damage Electrical Equipment

One of the most interesting and unique fire ant characteristics also makes these ants a menace to homeowners. Fire ants are drawn to electrical equipment. They crawl into electrical wiring and air conditioning units, causing them to short out.

4. Fire Ants Injure Pets

Fire ants play no favorites as to who they’ll sting. If they feel threatened, or are disturbed in any way, they will defend themselves by stinging and biting. Your pets are no exception. In fact, fire ants are drawn to the moisture of your pet’s eyes, nose, and mouth. Fire ant stings around the eyes can cause your pet to go blind. Stings in the nose or mouth can cause them to swell shut, suffocating your pet. Worst case scenario, although rare, is that your pet may die from an allergic reaction to the ant’s venom.

5. Fire Ants Inhibit Outdoor Lifestyle

If you have a fire ant colony in your backyard, it affects your desire to go outside and enjoy your property. No more backyard barbecues or picnics. No more running barefoot through your yard. If you enjoy lying in the grass and watching the clouds go by, forget about it. You will be stung!

San Antonio Fire Ant Extermination

Fire ants can be very challenging to control. Trying to take the job on yourself can actually make the problem worse. Using an aerosol pesticide on a fire ant mound will accelerate the immature queen’s breeding; meaning they will become mature and start new colonies of their own. It will also cause the ants to spread out across your property as they wait for the insecticide to dissipate.

Do not try to take on these nasty pests yourself, and don’t risk a painful sting. Get help controlling the fire ants near your home or property. Get professional ant control!

Bulwark Exterminating
118 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-2706
Orkin Pest & Termite Control
4902 Center Park Boulevard
San Antonio, TX
(866) 713-9979
10022 N Ih 35
San Antonio, TX 78233
(210) 656-5050

Ants Labeled As Top Nuisance Pest


Recent Survey Identifies Ants As Nation’s #1 Nuisance Pest

What do jaywalkers, noisy neighbors, and barking dogs have in common with ants? They are all considered nuisance’s we must deal with quite regularly.

Ants recently got the distinction of being labeled America’s top nuisance pest; beating out mosquitoes, house flies, and gnats for the dubious honor. Ants were given this top distinction after a nationwide survey was conducted by the National pest Management Association (NMPA). Pest Control Operators were polled, and 100 percent have treated ant infestations the past year; with nearly 55 percent saying that ant problems are on the rise.

Breaking Down The Nation’s #1 Nuisance

Why Ants Are More Than Just A Nuisance

While ants have always been thought of as a nuisance, they can bite or sting and also cause serious damage to your home or property.

  • Carpenter ants will burrow through wood and nest inside homes, which can compromise a home’s structural integrity.
  • Odorous House ants will infest you home, making their homes inside your walls, looking for sweets in your kitchen.
  • Fire ants can create destructive mounds on your property; and a person can actually receive several hundred painful stings simultaneously when they attack.
  • Argentine ants do not sting, but they will spread rapidly if left untreated.

Controlling These Ant Nuisances

San Antonio, TX is home to the nuisance ants listed above. While exterminating an entire colony is quite challenging, professional ant control will greatly inhibit the ant’s population and destructive tendencies. If you are seeing ants in your home, or around your San Antonio real estate, get pest control.

San Antonio Pest Control

Bulwark Exterminating
118 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-2706
San Antonio Chimney & Wildlife
333 West Olmos Drive #123
San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 607-0347
Orkin Pest & Termite Control
4902 Center Park Boulevard
San Antonio, TX 78218
(866) 713-9979

Ants at Dallas Cowboy’s Training Camp

The city of San Antonio, TX is buzzing with excitement as Dallas Cowboy football is in the air. Another thing

Dallas Cowboys Training

Dallas Cowboys Training (Photo credit: C. Strife)

that was buzzing, or crawling for that matter, was a Cowboy player’s pants earlier this summer.

Dallas Cowboys’ Fullback, Lawrence Vickers, was stretching just before the special teams period when he felt a stinging in his pants. Rushing off the field, grabbing his groin, he noticed two big red ants in his pants.

“I was just holding myself, and you don’t just be grabbing on yourself because ants are on you. People are gonna make fun of you. I don’t care as long as they got off me. I don’t care about people knowing about ants in my pants.”

Although Vickers is allergic to ants and breaks out in hives when bitten, he was able to return to practice the same day after taking some Benadryl and washing the bitten area.

Ant Allergies

Stinging ants can inject venom that can cause irritation, burning, and even blisters on the skin’s surface. People that have ant allergies, like Lawrence Vickers does, can suffer from more dangerous reactions or even death. The allergic reaction comes from chemicals produced by the body’s immune system while fighting the venom, not actually the venom itself. Insect stings are responsible for 40 deaths per year in the United States.

Symptoms of Ant Allergies 

allergic reaction

allergic reaction (Photo credit: :: Wendy ::)

  • Swelling
  • Hives or blisters
  • Irritation
  • Wheezing/ difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Slurred Speech
  • Sweating
  • Nausea

Treatment for Ant Allergies

Antihistamines, like Benadryl, can alleviate most ant bite allergy symptoms. More severe reactions may necessitate an epinephrine injection. Doctors or allergy specialists can also give allergy sufferers weekly injections to reduce venom sensitivity.


Click here for a quick video on ant pest control I you’re worried about ants. Watch a great video on ant pest control by ant guru Adam.


If you have ant allergies, contact a pest control professional today!

Bulwark Exterminating
118 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-2706

Critter Control
San Antonio, TX 78232
(210) 499-4225

Orkin Pest & Termite Control
4902 Center Park Boulevard
San Antonio, TX
(866) 713-9979



Pest Control – San Antonio TX Request

A friend of my at Lackland AFB, Wilford Hall told me about your company; He is Virgil; told me he was completely happy with your service & that you didn’t cost a arm & a leg; would like to set up a time in next couple of weeks to come & give me an estimate at my house; I have fire ants, ants inside & now I see roaches; a person who had roaches came to visit & now I have them. Loretta W.

Loretta,  Thanks for the inquiry.  We will be more then happy to assist you with your ant control, roach control, and general pest control.  San Antonio is crawling with all kinds of bugs and your residential homes are always going to be under attack.  But don’t worry, stick with us and our defensive barrier, i.e. Bulwark, and you will find the nice peace and comfort you want from a pest free home.

Thanks for choosing us!  And thank you Virgil for recommending us.  We are happy to know that our techs have performed their job in such a way that you can trust us enough to recommend us to your friends.  We are honored to serve you as you serve us and our great nation.

San Antonio Ant Control

Ants are marching in San Antonio

No one wants their home to be over run with ants. These little black ants are difficult to control once inside your home. They will start showing up in your bathroom, your bedroom drawers, your kitchen and your food pantry. Can you imagine opening a cabinet and seeing a herd of black ants covering that bagel you were going to eat for breakfast? Not a good way to start out your day.
If you live in the Greater San Antonio area there is a pest control service called Bulwark Exterminating. They provide San Antonio Pest Control services. A family owned pest control company that has been in the pest control business for over 10 years. Offering EcoSmart products, Termidor, and In-Wall Treatments. Their company is based on good moral and ethical values. Compared to other San Antonio Pest Control companies they offer fair prices and high quality service. Find customer reviews on their sites and get your Ants and other pest under control.

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