Ouch. What stung me?

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Fire Ants

  • Fire Ants can sting several times
  • Male fire ants die soon after mating
  • A fire ant queens’ lifespan is 7 years or more
  • Fire ants are extremely aggressive, especially if their nest is disturbed
  • The fire ant uses it’s antennae to hear, smell, find and taste food
  • Fire Ants are reddish brown to black in color and are about a quarter inch long
  • Fire ants were accidentally imported to the U.S. in the 1930’s via South America ships
  • The ants themselves are reddish brown in color and roughly 1/8 to 1/4 inch in length
  • One fire ant colony may have numerous queens, each with the fertility to lay up to 1,500 eggs per day
  • Fire ant mounds may reach two feet in height and have been found to extend twenty feet into the ground
  • Fire ants mate when the temperature is between 70 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit, with peak times during the spring and fall months
  • Once the queen has established a group of new workers, she continues to lay 100,000 to 300,000 eggs per year and can live for six or seven years

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