The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) today announced a temporary quarantine on the movement of regulated articles in the lower Peninsula and greater Tidewater areas of Southeastern Virginia to areas outside the quarantined localities for the purpose of preventing the artificial spread of the Red Imported Fire Ant to uninfested areas of the state. The temporary quarantine applies to the counties of James City and York and the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg. …Regulated articles include any article or means of conveyance that presents a risk of spreading the imported fire ant, including soil, plants with soil attached, grass sod, used soil-moving equipment, used farm equipment, hay/straw/pine straw, honey bee hives that have been in contact with the ground, and logs, pulp wood or stump wood with soil attached…”

Hampton Roads Ant Infestation – A Major Problem

Fire ants are aggressive stinging ants that often attack small animals and can kill them by swarming in large numbers and injecting a toxic alkaloid venom. For humans, this is a painful sting, which leaves a sensation similar to what one feels when they get burned by fire. The aftereffects of the sting can be deadly to sensitive individuals. Virginia and the Hampton Roads area have been dealing with the increasing number of these  annoying pests for some time now.


Types of Ants in Hampton Roads

Of the more than 12,000 species of ants in the world, the following list includes those ant species more commonly found around Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Norfolk in the Hampton Roads area:

  • Acrobat Ants
  • Big-headed Ants
  • Carpenter Ants
  • Crazy Ants
  • Odorous House Ants
  • Pavement Ants
  • Pharaoh Ants
  • Red Imported Fire Ants
  • Thief Ants

Ants in general form highly organized colonies or nests, often consisting of millions of individuals. While ants aren’t known for harboring diseases, they still create problems because they can bite, sting, infest stored food and damage your home. We’ve seen every type of ant there is in the Hampton Roads area, and Zap Pest provides control measures for all of them. Our customers greatly benefit from our experience and pest expertise!

EcoSMART-productsIf your home or place of business is infested, call Zap Pest Control in Hampton Roads at (757) 495-3626 today! Our EcoPCO® organic products are safe for you and the environment, yet tough on pests!