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Red Imported Fire Ants

General Info

Oddly enough these ants are attracted to electrical equipment and can cause fires as well as electrical shorts.  Infestations can also lead to equipment failure.  This pest threatens residential properties as well as hospitals, schools and commercial environments.  

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Damages Landscapes

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Red Imported Fire Ants

Like Argentine ants, red imported fire ants were also introduced into the United States by accident. Entering through Mobile, Alabama, these invasive ants have gone on to infest millions of acres.

What do red imported fire ants look like?

Red imported fire ants are dark reddish brown in color but what makes their behavior is often what identifies them. These ants are aggressive when their nests are disturbed. They are often observed climbing and stinging anything touching their mound.

Red imported fire ant habits and behaviors

  • Red imported fire ants are easily agitated.

  • Red imported fire ants prefer to build mounds in open sunny areas but may nest in rotting logs and stumps.

  • According to Clemson University, homeowners spend $3-5M/year for red imported fire ant control and 68% of homeowners feel that the pest problem is getting worse.

Are red imported fire ants dangerous?

If you have kids that play in the yard, spend a fair amount of time outdoors or have pets that roam your property, an infestation of red imported fire ants could be troublesome. This type of ant tends to sting victims in groups and may sting repeatedly. While a sting may cause discomfort in some, those prone to an allergic reaction may need medical attention. These ants also damage plants, lawns and even electrical fixtures on the exterior of structures.

Does Aiken offer control for red imported fire ants?

Contact Aiken Pest Control today for relief from these ants. We offer pest control services for homes and businesses and are ready to help you protect people and property.