The name fire ant is a generic name for several ants from the genus Solenopsis. The most commonly known fire ant is the red imported fire ant Solenopsis invicta. They are common problem in households as they sting people. They have a specific venom composed of alkaloids derived from piperidine. This venom can can cause itching and allergy to people. These ants can be winged or not. Ants control is generally carried out by pest management professionals who have a clear understanding ant management strategies.
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Characteristics of the fire ant
The imported red fire ant is fairly small ant that ranges from 1.5 to 5 mm. The color is reddish but color variations may be observed in certain locations. These ants are very aggressive and their bit is quite painful. Fire ants may also pray on other an speciesas well as other insects.
Behavior and Habit of Solenopsis invicta
Fire ant are omnivorous and can eat almost anything they come across inside houses. The queen of fire ant can live up to 5 years while the works only live for about 180 days. The reproduction time is short and the complete development from egg to adult is approximately 30 days.
Sign of fire ant infestation
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