Project Description

Fire Ants

(Solenopsis)

Appearance
You can recognize a fire art by its distinctive red body. A fire ant’s coloring may be reddish black or reddish brown; its body has a dull surface. Unlike most ants, fire ants have a stinger that they use to hunt prey and defend themselves.

Size
Fire ants range in length from 1/16 of an inch to ¼ of an inch.

[jbox title=”Interesting Fact”] Fire ants are creatures of habit and will follow established foraging trails again and again. They can enter houses via electrical junction boxes, air conditioners, pipes, and other conduits.[/jbox]

Behavior
Fire ants are known for their aggressive attitude; they attack other insects and even large animals that disturb their colony site by stinging and biting. This species prefers warm weather and dry spaces and are likely to build their nest in a sunny field or similar area. They’re most active in the late afternoon and early evening when temperatures are most conducive to their activities.

Unlike many other ant species, fire ants will hunt for food instead of just forage. They’ll hunt and eat other insects or feed on dead animals. Once fire ants enter a residence, they’ll seek out sweet and fatty foods.

Habitat
A fire ant colony can be recognized by its distinctive above ground mounds. Each mound may be up to two feet in width and one foot in height. Abandoned lots, open fields, and residential lawns are locations favored by fire ants, though they will avoid shade and damp places. If left alone, fire ant mounds will multiply quickly as new queens create additional colonies.

 


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