Fire ants (also known as Red Imported Fire Ants) are an invasive species in the United States. Originally from South America, they have been introduced to various countries worldwide, particularly warmer coastal climate areas. Fire ants are known for their painful bites and stings. The venom that fire ants produce is used to capture prey as well as in defense against predators. The venom from their stings can cause swelling and intense burning sensations.
Color: Red to Brown Size: 1/8 – 3/8 inches (3-9 mm) Legs: 6 Antennae: Yes
Don't Let Ants Invade Your Home or Business!
Don't Let Ants Invade Your Home & Business!
Fire ants can be found throughout the southern part of the United States. Luckily, they have not yet made a home in Wisconsin. Fire ants are a colony-dwelling ant with colony sites of up to 250,000 ants. They create large dirt mounds, usually near structural foundations.
HOW TO GET RID OF FIRE ANTS?
Fire ants are difficult to control and require the help of a professional. Not only can they cause serious health issues, but fire ants can also cause severe structural and electrical damage. Their large nest formations can damage building foundations, and their worker ants are attracted to electricity which can cause damage to electrical equipment. These ants can also harm crops and livestock. If fire ants become a problem in Wisconsin, our ant exterminators at AWC are ready to help!