Fire Ants

Invasive Species in North Carolina

Type of organism- Insect

Country of origin- South America

How the organism spread to other areas- Is thought to have spread through South America through grass sod and woody plants used in landscaping

How far has it spread- United states, China, Australia, Philippines

Damage to NC- Damaged fruits and berries and young crops also damaged electric boxes

Management Plans

How to get rid of them- There are many ways to get rid of fire ants, pour hot water over the mounds of fire ants is effective and environmentally friendly but may take 3 or 4 applications

Prevention- As a prevention based service the FAP program not only eliminates current active ant mounds but also eliminate new mounds that may appear