By Josie April 25th, 2023
Fire ants are a type of insect that belong to the family Formicidae.
There are over 280 known species of fire ants, but the most notorious is the red imported fire ant.
They are commonly found in warm and tropical regions of the world, with many species hailing from South America.
Fire ants are not native to the United States, they entered from South America during the 1930s.
They have since spread across the country’s southern portion.
Their aggressive nature makes them a formidable opponent to other insects, and they often outcompete native ant species for resources.
They help control other insect populations and can aerate the soil, making growing plants easier (and allowing for healthier and bigger plants.)
In some cases, individuals may experience an allergic reaction, leading to swelling, itching, and even difficulty breathing.
Wearing protective clothing and using insect repellents can help to reduce the risk of bites and stings.