Fire Ants in Florida
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Facts, Identification, & Control

The words fire ant probably make most people cringe and rightfully so. That’s because fire ants are known to be very militant and attack the moment you disrupt their nest. Fire ants belong to the list of biting bugs in Florida. Fire ants can be extremely dangerous to people and pets. There are several species of fire ants that are found throughout the United States such as tropical little fire ants, red imported fire ants, etc.


Among them all, we believe that the Red Imported Fire Ant is an important species to understand because they are known to be one of the more aggressive species found here in Southwest Florida. Red imported fire ants (RIFA) are reddish brown to dark in color.


Red imported fire ants are well known for the large dirt mounds that they build. Red imported fire ants are extremely aggressive and will sting when in contact with them.  Their painful bites (stings) have been described as feeling like being burned by fire. These ants feed on just about anything such as any organic material, dead insects, a variety of people and pet food, dead animals, and much more. It is common for these ants to invade your yard or structure, especially during Southwest Florida’s rainy season.

It is important to know that some people are very sensitive to red imported fire ant stings and if not medically treated quickly after a sting they may have a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis. Please consult your doctor for more details.


Certified Pest Control of Naples approach to controlling fire ants in Florida begins by completing our proven two-stage fire ant control service. Our two-stage fire ant control service is GUARANTEED to last for a minimum of 6 months. We begin with this process to ensure better control over time. Afterwards, we will complete a quarterly fire ant control service to keep the fire ants under control. 

Are fire ants taking over your yard, home, or business? Call us now at 239-877-4041