The scientific name of a fire ant is Solenopsis invicta. The fire ant is an insect that is recognizable from its red color. The ant is also very known for its bite that causes extreme irritation, and can cause allergic reactions that can cause a person to be hospitalized.
The best way to get rid of fire ants is through chemical control. The use of chemical control would only cause minimal disruption with the environment because fire ant killers are specific to the fire ant, and 'food' for fire ants is only appealing to fire ants, and will not be eaten by other animals.
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