Identifying Fire Ants

What do fire ants look like?  How can I tell them apart from other ants?

In the United States, imported fire ants currently inhabit all or parts of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, …

Acrobat Ants

image of acrobat ant showing identifying characteristics

Acrobat ants (Crematogaster spp.) are native insects that become pests because of their tendency to nest in moist, decaying wood.  Many times this decaying wood is in a tree, where the ants can take over chambers of termites and

European Fire Ants

M. rubra attacking a caterpillar

European fire ants (also known as European red ants, Myrmica rubra) are very small (3/16th of an inch long) red ants that are a pest for people and their pets, and a threat to the environment. These ants …

Odorous House Ants

close up of an odorous house antThe odorous house ant, Tapinoma sessile (Say), is considered a pest when it enters structures searching for food, water or nest sites. It cannot sting because it lacks a sting and will likely only bite if you stick a hand …

Fire Ant Biology

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Ant stages
Ant developmental stages

Fire Ant Habitat

Imported fire ants, Solenopsis invicta and Solenopsis richteri (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), are social insects that usually produce hills or mounds in open areas where …

Fire Ant Nomenclature and Terminology

What’s in a Name?  Fire Ants or Imported Fire Ants?

Common and Scientific Names

red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) Did you know that when you say “fire ants” you could be referring to any one of over 20 different species of fire ants? For most …