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How To Treat Fire Ant Stings

Fire Ants

The Red Imported Fire ant is one of the worst species of ants found in Tulsa, OK. On top of being very aggressive and destructive, these vicious ants also bite and sting. The fire ant’s sting is what makes this pest infamous.

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Fire Ant Stings

If you have ever been stung by an ant, not bitten but stung; the culprit was a fire ant. Fire ants are the only stinging ant found in the United States. When stung by a fire ant, you will know it immediately. You will be in pain. The pain ranges from moderate to severe, depending on your body’s reaction to the fire ant venom. Once stung, the infected site will turn red. The area will eventually turn white and blister.

If you are stung by a fire ant, the reactions will subside after a couple days unless an infection sets in; or have insect allergies.

Common Fire Ant Sting Symptoms

  • Moderate pain
  • Burning sensation
  • Tenderness around sting site
  • Redness
  • White blisters
  • Hives
  • Inflammation
  • Itching 

Severe Fire Ant Sting Symptoms (Allergic Reaction)

  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting 

How To Treat Fire Ant Stings

If you have been stung by a fire ant, it’s important to remain calm. If you panic, your blood pressure will rise and the ant venom will spread further and faster.

If you have known insect allergies (bees), or are experiencing any of the severe fire ant sting symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. If you have been stung numerous times, having stepped on a fire ant mound for example, it’s probably a good idea to seek medical attention as well.

If you’ve been stung by a fire ant, and are not experiencing allergic reactions, you’ll likely be in pain for a few hours. Take an Advil. Clean the infected sting area with a mixture of water and bleach OR ammonia (not both). Water and meat tenderizer also works well. These concoctions will help denature the fire ant’s venom.

The pain from the fire ant sting will subside after a couple hours. The redness, the white blisters, and the itching will take a few days to alleviate.

Preventing Fire Ant Stings

In order to prevent stings from fire ants, you will need to take precautions. If you see one of the fire ant’s distinctive mounds, keep your distance. Point out fire ant mounds to your children—who are frequent sting victims. If one of these ant mounds is disturbed, the colony will spill out of the mound and defend it by attacking the perpetrator; crawling up feet and legs as they sting repeatedly.

One of the best precautions to take when dealing with fire ants is getting professional ant control. Ant control professionals are up-to-date on of the most effective methods to exterminate and control fire ants on your property.

Make the call today, and avoid getting stung by a fire ant!

Fire Ant Control In Tulsa

 

Bulwark Exterminating
2013 North Willow Avenue
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
(918) 252-3548
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

 
OK Wildlife Control
Tulsa, OK
(918) 739-4382
oklahomawildlifecontrol.com
 
Orkin
6550 East 40th Street
Tulsa, OK 74145
(918) 622-0800
orkin.com

 

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April 12, 2013 - 5:44 PM

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