Red Imported Fire Ant

Red Imported Fire Ant

There are two species of imported fire ants, the red imported fire ants and the black imported fire ants. The red imported fire ants currently infest a much larger area in the southeastern states than the black imported fire ants. They are usually found in sunny open areas such as pastures, roadsides, lawns, parks, and mulch areas. Red imported fire ants are usually about 3 – 6 mm in length, reddish brown in color, and build mounds that can be as much as 2 ft tall and 3 ft in diameter. Heavily infested areas will usually have as many as 20 – 30 colonies / mounds per acre. Imported fire ants are small, aggressive ants and their sting causes painful, burning pustules that may take up to ten days to heal.