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Fire Ant

 

Characteristics  
Size:  There are many sizes of workers in the colony, ranging from 1/8-inch to almost 3/8-inch in length.

Color:  Reddish brown.
 

Behavior   Fire ants pose a health risk to anyone venturing into areas where the ants are found. Although the vast majority of stings result only in a raised welt that may develop a white pustule, a person allergic to insect stings could experience a more serious reaction. Additionally, a person seldom receives just one sting. Rather, dozens or even hundreds of stings can be inflicted quickly on a person accidentally walking on or standing next to a fire ant mound.

Habitat   The red imported fire ant was brought into this country during the 1920s and has spread to cover most of the Gulf Coast states and most of eastern Texas. It is now established north into parts of Tennessee and North Carolina. These ants nest in the soil and construct large mounds that are easily seen in lawns and pastures. A single lawn may contain a dozen or more mounds. This ant will also locate nests within landscape mulch and beneath items on the ground, such as landscape timbers. The mounds of such colonies may be shallow and poorly structured, making them difficult to detect for the less experienced eye. Fire ants may construct mounds next to the foundation and enter homes through weep holes or other exterior cracks and holes. Once inside, workers forage in trails beneath the edge of carpeting. On occasion, the ants will bring soil up into walls or beneath first floor bathrooms and construct a nest.

Tips for Control   Because of the health threat posed by fire ants, it is important to take steps to control the ants around the home and in the yard. Fire ant baits can be effective if properly used, but regular applications are necessary because the ants readily reinvade from neighboring properties.
 

Suggested Control Products

Extinguish Plus Fire Ant Bait

Maxforce Fire Ant Bait

Ascend Fire Ant Bait

Advance Formula #1 Ant Bait

Drione

Demand CS

 

Acrobat Ant

► Argentine Ant

Big Headed Ant

► Black Field Ant

► Carpenter Ant

► Citronella Ant

► Crazy Ant

Fire Ant

► Ghost Ant

► Harvester Ant

► Leaf Cutter Ant

► Little Black Ant

► Odorous House Ant

► Pavement Ant

► Pharoah Ant

► Thief Ant

► White Footed Ant

 

► Flying Ants / Termites

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