Red Fire Ant

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Appearance: 1/16 – 1/4 inch long with a reddish brown color and a darker abdomen

Habitat & Behavior: Accidentally introduced into the United States from Brazil in the 1930’s, the Red Imported Fire Ant has spread to most of the American southeast. The fire ant is very aggressive and will sting repeatedly, especially when their nest is disturbed. Fire ants usually nest outdoors in sunny areas, i.e. lawns, gardens, flower beds, etc. If left untreated, infestations may reach 30-100 mounds per acre, containing 80,000 ants.

Diet: Fire Ants prefer high protein foods, but will feed on nearly any plant or animal matter.

Control: Treating each mound individually as well as a broadcast treatment of the surrounding area is needed. Knockdown may take several weeks, so early-season application is recommended.