• Workers vary considerably in size
  • Painful sting
  • Build large raised mounds


  • Prefers to nest in open, disturbed areas (Yards, fields, and roadsides are common nest locations)


  • Devastates local insect populations and small wildlife when it invades an area
  • Many grouse and ground nesting bird species have been eliminated by fire ants when they attack newly hatched nestlings
  • Humans likewise are victims of their vicious sting


  • Granular baits are among the best treatments available for fire ants
  • The bait is distributed throughout the colony, eventually resulting in the death of the queen