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Ouch. What stung me?
- 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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