Fire Ants

Fire Ants

Fire Ants

  • Color: Dark reddish brown
  • Size: 1/8 to 3/8"
  • Legs: 6
  • Antennae: Yes
  • Shape: Segmented, oval
  • Region: Southern US

Also known as Red Imported Fire Ants. these ants get their name from their ability to inflict painful bites and stings. This is an invasive species found throughout the southern portion of the US and is often introduced to new areas through the soil of potted plants, shrubs, and trees.

Signs of a Fire Ant Infestation

Fire ants nest in the soil near structure foundations and in landscaping. Although they are most often found outdoors, they can gain entry into your home through HVAC systems. If they do find their way into your home or building bites can become an issue.


Mounds. Fire ants build large nest mounds that are irregular in shape, nearly flat, and can range in size from two to four feet square.

Consequences of Fire Ants

Prevention of this invasive insect is of utmost importance. Especially if you have a family member or employee that has an allergy to insect stings.

Though often referred to as a “bite”, fire ants actually sting. The sting is painful and the reaction to a sting can range from a raised welt that becomes a white pustule, to a severe allergic reaction.

If you are stung by one ant, you will often receive multiple stings. These stings are often the result of disturbing a nest.

To prevent them from entering your home, seal all internal and external cracks and crevices.

Schedule Your Fire Ant Prevention & Treatment

Certified Pest Solutions offers a free, no-obligation inspection for your home or commercial property. Fill out our free estimate form, or give us a call at 904.406.0946 to schedule an appointment.