Fire Ants in South Carolina

History of Fire Ants in South Carolina


Red imported fire ants were first discovered in South Carolina in the 1960’s in ornamental nursery plants near Seneca, South Carolina. These initial introductions were eradicated by entomologists at Clemson University. Later, …

Fire Ants in North Carolina


North Carolina’s red imported fire ant infestation continues to expand, partially as a result of recent mild winters but more recently due to increased residential and industrial development and subsequent introductions of fire ants in infested sod and nursery stock.…

Information for International Programs

Fire Ant Programs Outside the United States

The red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) originated in South America. It was accidentally introduced into the southern United States around the 1930’s. More recently, it has recently been detected …

Fire Ants in Florida

Two species of fire ants are found in Florida. Most notorious is Solenopsis invicta Buren, the red imported fire ant (RIFA), followed by the much less common S. geminata (Fabricius), the tropical or native fire ant. Other more common U.S. …

Information for Arkansas Residents

Distribution of Imported Fire Ants in Arkansas 2009

Distribution of Imported Fire Ants in Arkansas

Red imported fire ants were first reported in Arkansas in 1958 from Union Co. Currently there are 34 entire counties under the federal fire ant …

Information for Oklahoma Residents

Regulatory Information for Managing Red Imported Fire Ants in Oklahoma

Pesticide laws in Oklahoma differ from those of other states because application of insecticides below labeled rates is not allowed. Thus, use of reduced rates of any product or products, …

Information for Alabama Residents

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Decapitating fly distribution in Alabama, November, 2014

Since 1998, the Alabama Fire Ant Management Program has been releasing decapitating flies, natural enemies of imported fire ants. Thus far, five species of decapitating flies have been released in Alabama: Pseudacteon tricuspis