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Fire Ants

Fire ants are a common and problematic species of ants found in Texas. These ants, scientifically known as Solenopsis invicta, are native to South America but have been introduced to Texas and other parts of the southern United States. Fire ants are reddish-brown in color and range in size from 1/8 to 1/4 inch in length.

Fire ants are known for their painful sting, which is caused by their venomous sting. The sting can cause a burning sensation and can be dangerous for individuals who are allergic to it. Fire ants are also known for their aggressive behavior and will readily attack anything they perceive as a threat, including humans, pets, and livestock.

Fire ants are highly adaptable and can thrive in a variety of environments, including urban areas, agricultural fields, and natural habitats. They are known for building large mounds, which can reach heights of up to 18 inches. These mounds can be a hazard for humans, as they can cause tripping and falling injuries, and can also damage equipment such as lawnmowers.

Efforts have been made to control fire ant populations in Texas, including the use of baits, insecticides, and biological controls such as phorid flies, which are natural predators of fire ants.

However, fire ants remain a significant problem in the state and are a constant threat to human and animal health, as well as agricultural productivity. It is important for individuals living in Texas to take precautions to avoid fire ant stings and to seek medical attention if they experience an allergic reaction.

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