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If you live in the Midwest like I do, you know Spring is taking its sweet time settling in. Maybe you got lucky and had a few nice days, did you go on a picnic? If so you may have run into a pesky fire ant situation when you broke out the sugary treats! Here’s what you need to know if you ever come in contact with a colony of fire ants.
- Fire ants will attack anything they feel is a threat, that includes humans and pets.
- These types of ants are originally from South America and have been brought over to America where they thrive. The fire ant has no natural enemy in America.
- Fire ants are drawn to electrical currents and have been known to nest in traffic lights and air conditioners.
- The natural instinct is to aggressively swarm if their mound is disturbed. They then grip to their enemy with barbs and release a stinging venom that can leave blistering and scarring.
- Fire ants hate water, after heavy rains they build their mounds higher to protect the eggs.
- Mounds can be up to 24 inches in height.
- Fire ant queens can live up to 7 years!