Fire Ant

Appearance:  Fire ants can be found in a variety of sizes; typically, from 1/8” to ¼” in length.  They are reddish brown in color.

Location & Behavior Patterns:  Fire ant mounds are usually easy to spot, because the dome-shaped mounds are usually noticeable in size.  However, some fire any nests may be hidden underneath mulch, pine needles, and other debris around the yard.  Fire ants that have made it indoors, usually through cracks in the foundation, can often be found along the edge, or underneath, the carpet.

If you spot fire ant mounds, or if you suspect the presence of fire ants, then immediate action should be taken to warn others about the ants, as well as action in the treatment of them.  Fire ants will attack any person, pet, or any other animal that bothers their nests, and the attack can be very painful, and even deadly, to some.  The venom that fire ants have can produce instantaneous pain for the receiver, and medical attention may be required, especially if you have an allergic reaction.

Treatment:  Fire ants can be found throughout Florida all year long.  Regular inspections of your lawn are highly recommended, as well as regular treatment of the fire ant nests, once they are discovered.  This type of ant tends to create multiple ant mounds in close proximity to one another, and they will often reinvade an area, even after they have been discovered.  Staying alert for fire ants is also highly recommended.

Fire Ant