Fire ants sting millions every year, triggering lawsuits, health issues and death in some cases.
The Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) entered the United States through the port of Mobile, Ala., sometime during the late 1920s to early 1930s, carried in soil used as ballast in ships from South America.
Since then, the RIFA has spread across the southern United States to areas well beyond earlier predictions, and now is found from Carolina to California. It is estimated that the RIFA currently inhabits more than 300 million acres in the United States today, roughly a landmass nearly twice the size of Texas.
The rounded mounds of soil rising about 12 or more inches high seen on roadsides, pastures and open land are common sites nearly everywhere the RIFA is found. Despite growing RIFA infestations and related legal and health problems, pest management professionals (PMPs) and home and business owners still have quite a bit to learn and do to protect themselves and others from the potentially deadly force of the RIFA and myriad other fire ant types.
Fire Ant Stings & The Venom They Inject Can Be Dangerous. Symptoms Like Burning, Itching, Swelling, or Anaphylaxis Reaction Happen A Few Minutes After The Bite.