Fire Ant Facts
- Typically, Fire Ants are between 1/8 and 3/8 of an inch in length.
- Fire Ants are reddish brown in color.
- Fire Ants can inflict painful stings and have been known the kill cattle and other large animals.
- Typically, Fire Ants nest in the soil at the base of trees, shrubs, grass or in homes.
- Fire Ant colonies can contain up to 250,000 ants.
The fire ant was brought to the U.S. from Brazil in the 1930s and without any natural predators in the U.S., has been able to spread relatively quickly throughout the Southern U.S., from Maryland to Texas, as well parts of California and New Mexico. The bite and the sting that these ants deliver give them their name.