FIRE ANTS

THE FIRE ANT PROBLEM

Fire ants are a major problem in the southern regions of the United States and account for billions of dollars in damage to crops, farm equipment and residential property. They were accidentally introduced in the 1930's through cargo that came to the USA via the port in Mobile, Alabama and rapidly expanded.

Fire Ants build mounds in the ground that can range from several inches to several feet in diameter. When disturbed, fire ants emerge from the mound and aggressively attack. The workers are 1/16" to almost 1/4" in length and are a reddish-brown color. The sting is painful and usually leaves a red welt on the skin with swelling and itchiness. One or more times during the spring through fall seasons, the ants will begin a mating swarm and the queen and drone ants with long silver-translucent wings can be seen in the mound.

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