May 14, 2013
Color: Dark reddish brown
Shape: Segmented; oval
Region: Southern United States, from Maryland to Texas, California, and New Mexico
Red imported fire ants nest in soil and build mound nests. They can infest garages.
These red ants will build large mound nests and will sting humans who come across a nest.
Red imported fire ants will build their nest mounds outdoors in landscape areas or near a structural foundation. The fire ant will gain entry to a building through holes or cracks.
The sting of a red imported fire ant is painful and often results in a raised welt that becomes a white pustule. Often, a person stung by a red imported fire ant receives multiple painful stings from more than one of the ants. Persons allergic to insect stings will react more severely.
Due to the threat posed by red imported fire ants, do not attempt to control this pest on your own. The trained professionals at Pest Ops will be able to handle any problems you may be having with fire ants. To schedule an appointment, click here or call our office at (865) 966-0750.