Beneficial Effects of Fire Ants

Red imported fire ant workers
attacking pink bollworm. Photo by W. Sterling

Collectively, ants are beneficial insects in our environment. Their nest-building activities reduce soil compaction and help aerate the soil. Many ant species, such as imported fire ants, are …

Other Impacts of Fire Ants

Imported fire ants build unsightly mounds that interfere with farm operations.


Many aspects of imported fire ants can be beneficial, but they can cause many problems.

Impact of Fire Ants on Wildlife

In areas where fire ant populations are very …