Red Imported Fire Ants

Solenopsis invicta

Red imported fire ants are dangerous, vicious, and quite common. These invasive ants are known to cause millions of dollars worth of damage annually, and they can be a great physical threat to both humans and animals. They get their name from the painful burning sensation they cause when they sting. These ants should be avoided at all costs.

Red Imported Fire Ants
Color Dark reddish brown
Legs 6
Shape Segmented; oval
Size 1/8"-3/8"
Antennae True

Red Imported Fire Ant Habits

Red imported fire ants like to nest inside the soil in moist areas. Oftentimes, this results in large mounds in open areas that can be easily spotted from a distance. They also like to create their nests under objects such as logs, bricks, and rocks. These ants feed mostly on young plants and seeds. Despite their low-key diet, these ants are extremely aggressive and will actively attack anything that comes near them. Red imported fire ants are also incredibly resilient and can survive extreme conditions. When they sense water rising, they will all clump together to create a vessel and float to safety.

What Attracts Fire Ants?

Fire ant workers are attracted to fatty or oily foods. Dog and cat foods are a particular favorite of fire ants. Keeping these foods in sealed containers can help keep fire ants from entering your home. 

Do Red Imported Fire Ants Bite?

Yes. However, they only bite to get a grip and then use the stinger from their abdomen to inject venom into their victim.

Are Red Imported Fire Ants an Invasive Species?

Yes. These ants came over from South America and have upended many other species as they spread across the globe. Now they can be found worldwide.

What Damage Do Red Imported Fire Ants Cause?

Red imported fire ants can cause many types of damage, including agricultural problems, structural problems in buildings, and damage to electrical equipment. In the U.S. alone, each year they cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

Signs You Have an Imported Red Fire Ant Infestation

The most obvious sign of an infestation is finding a nesting mound in your yard. If you see one of these mounds, avoid it. Another sign is to find the workers traveling around your home.

How to Prevent an Imported Red Fire Ant Infestation

The most important way to prevent an infestation is to make sure every crack and crevice going into your home is sealed. Additionally, remove any outdoor sources of moisture and make sure your trees are trimmed and not touching your home.

How to Remove an Imported Red Fire Ant Infestation

Bait traps are the most effective defense against these ants. The workers will forage and find the poison, bring it back to their nests, and then kill the rest of their colony.

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