Fire Ant

Fire Ant: Facts, Identification & Control

Latin Name:Solenopsis


Reddish, about 1/4-inch long.


Nest in mounds of 1 to 2 feet in diameter and about 1/2-foot high. Large colonies can have up to 250,000 workers. Very active and aggressive, they will sting any intruding animal repeatedly.


Omnivorous. Known to eat meats, greasy and sweet materials.


Total time from egg to adult averages 30 days; workers live up to 180 days; queens live two to six years