These ants carry a serious potential for damage and injury to your home and family members. These pests can not only damage crops and small rodents in your community, but they can also destroy electrical equipment and home foundations. Fire Ants get their name for their painful and dangerous sting that can lead to serious health problems due to the venom they can inject. They are usually found nestled near moisture in soil, rotten wood or on lawns near their mounds that can reach as high as 40cm. If you notice fire ants in or around your home, contact a U.S. Pest Professional immediately because this small nuisance can very suddenly turn into a BIG problem!
What do they look like?
- Close to 1/8 inch long.
- Dark brown to reddish in color.
What do they eat?
- They are omnivorous — seeds, nuts, meats, grease, insects, young poultry, garden crops, buds of fruit trees, sweets, and honeydew
Where will I find them?
- Nest in soil, rotten wood, often disfiguring lawns with their craters
What else should I know?
- Very active, pugnacious, and have very painful bee-like sting
- They are serious pests in extreme South, rivaling Argentine ant in importance, invading houses, infesting food, getting into every crevice, eating holes in fabric, and stinging when handled