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Red imported ant

Fire Ants

Latin Name: Solenopsis invicta

The Red Imported Fire Ant, commonly referred to simply as a fire ant, once native to only South America was introduced to the Galveston, Texas region in the late 1970's. Since being introduced, fire ants have made their way up the coastline to infest the majority of the Southeastern region to date. Fire ant colonies are noticeable mostly due to their large mounds of dirt that are pushed up during the creation of a colony. One notable characteristic of fire ants is their tenacity. Fire ants can attack their prey all at once in a timed attack by releasing a pheromone, thus inflicting the maximum pain and damage at once. These colonies can cause harm, as their bites usually come with itching and swelling.

Similar Pests: Carpenter Ants,