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Fire Ant Resources

Fire ant mounds along sidewalk

Red imported fire ant mounds. Image by: Jake Farnum, Bugwood.org

Red imported fire ant (RIFA), Solenopsis invicta, is an invasive species introduced into the United States in the 1930’s from South America. They have since spread throughout the southeastern states, infesting over 330 million acres, and are currently found in much of the NC piedmont and coastal plain (click here for map).

Because of their painful stings and aggressive nature, red imported fire ants can be a pest in gardens, lawns, athletic fields, parks, pastures, and other open spaces. Many products are available to control RIFA, including products containing organic active ingredients. Which product will work best for you depends on where and when you need to control fire ants. The following resources will help you select and use the most effective method for RIFA control.

Webinars from eXtension:

A wealth of information and resources on fire ants and their management are available from eXtension: https://www.extension.org/fire_ants

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Photo of Charlotte Glen, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionCharlotte GlenState Coordinator, NC Extension Master Gardener Program (919) 515-1226 charlotte_glen@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science - NC State University
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