Fire Ant

About Fire Ants:

  • Its a small reddish brown ant from South America.
  • They're highly aggressive. They inject a necrotic, alkaloid venom when they sting. The stings result a painful, itchy, and persistent pustules.
  • Five million people are stung each year in the southeastern United States. About 25,000 of these people require medical consultation.
  • When a fire ant mound is disturbed, they boil to surface, run up any legs, arms, etc. They grab the victim's skin in their mandibles and sting in response to the slightest movement.
  • Fire ants live in colonies that may have 100,000 to 500,000 ants.
  • The queen of the colony can lay from 1,500 to 5,000 eggs per day, never leaves the nest and can live for many years.
  • Preferred food of fire ants consists of protein-rich sources such as insects and seeds.
  • The males die and the females become queens that start new colonies.
  • Fire ants build mounds in any type of soil, but they prefer open sunny areas such as pastures, parks, lawns, and fields. Their mounds can grow up to 18 to 24 inches in height if the soil conditions are right.

Management Plan:

Dealing with the fire ants invasive species is hard to keep away. Some ideals to get rid of the fire ants that are already here could be using a spray that kills them, doing a treatment at their mound or using bait because they control the colonies. How to prevent the fire ants from invading our area would be contacting a company to professionally get rid of these ants.