The bodies of mature fire ants, are divided into three sections: the head, the thorax, and the abdomen, with three pairs of legs and a pair of antennae. Fire ants can be distinguished from other ants, by their copper brown head and body with a darker abdomen. Fire ants often attack small animals and can kill them. Unlike many other ants, which bite and then spray acid on the wound, fire ants bite only to get a grip and then sting from the abdomen like a bee or wasp. For humans, this is a painful sting, a sensation similar to what one feels when burned by fire and the after effects of the sting can be extremely harmful to those who are allergic. To aid with the burning sensation urine or aloe vera gel can be used to lessen the irritation. Fire ants are more aggressive than most native species and so have pushed many species away from their local habitat. These ants are renowned for their ability to survive extreme conditions. They do not hibernate, but can easily survive through our not very cold winters. Another unique characteristic of the fireant is the ability they have to gain immunities towards certain pesticides over time. This can make the elimination of fire ants hard at times.
Reasons for entering our homes: In all homes there is at least one or all of these factors, a constant food source from children or animals, poor construction issues or cracks in walls or the foundation, lack of fresh caulking, high soil levels on exterior walls, a constant moisture source.
Diet: Fire Ants have been know to feed on meats, greasy or sweet food particles, on young plants and seeds, other insects like worms, ticks, spiders, and even insect eggs. Meaning they will eat just about anything.