The Earthfire Fire Ant Eradication Product is for use on home lawns, commercial lawns, golf courses, sports fields, cemeteries, parks, school grounds and other recreational areas. It has been successfully used on thousands of acres throughout the South including areas of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
Pustules from RIFA stings
Red Imported Fire Ants (RIFA) are so named because they produce painful venom with a fiery sensation. These ants are called imported because they were accidentally brought here on a cargo ship from South America in the early 1930s.
They are only 1/8 to 1/4 inch long but despite their size are also known as the “Ant’s From Hell.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has determined that red imported fire ants are an established harmful pest in 13 states: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Arkansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and California, plus the country of Puerto Rico infesting more than 330 million acres.
Currently, the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee and Louisiana are under quarantine for fire ants
Across the southern United States, fire ants sting more than 20 million adults and children each year, and another 20 million are at risk with them on a daily basis. These numbers will continue to grow as fire ants move westward and northward up both coasts.
The red imported fire ant is notorious for its painful sting that results in a pustule and intense itching which can persist for 10 or more days leaving unsightly skin damage. Get several hundred to a thousand fire ants on you and you’re in for a truly, very painful experience.
Some people are highly allergic to the sting which in some cases can result in death.
When disturbed, fire ants are very aggressive. The ant grips the skin with its mandibles or jaws and stings its victim several times in a circular pattern around the point of the mandible attachment. Because of the ant's aggressive nature and capacity for multiple stings, an attack usually results in several stings from each ant.
The red imported fire ant is one of the top 50 harmful invasive species in the world. Most folks in the Southern belt of states rank it #1.
Red imported fire ants live and do much of their foraging for food using underground galleries and tunnels. A typical nest consists of an extensive network and maze of tunnels and chambers that occupy a vertical column 12-18" in diameter and 36" deep. In some regions of the country they can extend out wider and far deeper with tunnels to the water table. Earthfire is the only product that within seconds can reach them at their deepest levels to begin quickly killing them on contact.
Fire ants build dome-shaped mounds up to 2-feet tall on open, disturbed land, such as lawns, cultivated pastures, agricultural and athletic fields, golf courses, housing developments, parks and meadows. The ants also may be found around trees or stumps, under pavements, sidewalks and buildings and occasionally indoors stinging occupants and infesting food products. Electrical equipment and utility houses may serve as fire ant nest sites, and likely resulting in short circuits. The mounds can cause severe damage to farm equipment (see below).
New colonies do not make conspicuous mounds for several months. Once a colony is established, a single queen can lay from 1,500 to more than 2,000 eggs per day. Most are multiple queen colonies; some with over 100 egg laying queens.
Fire ants have caused almost $6 billion dollars worth of damageper year in both the urban and agricultural communities.
In infested urban areas red imported fire ants can cause severe damage to athletic fields, parks and playgrounds, cemeteries, lawns, gardens and flowerbeds. They cause many problems such as structural damage in houses and industrial buildings, electronic circuitry, ground-placed industrial lighting and even traffic control lights.
In agricultural areas millions of acres are affected yearly including an extensive variety of crops (soy beans, potatoes, hay, very young seedlings and plants, ripe citrus fruits, nuts and berries). On farms the fire ant’s mounds can cause major damage to combines and other machinery, hinder mowing operations, and reduce land values in heavily-infested areas. Farmers can also lose valuable production time during seeding, fertilizing and harvesting operations because their sting is quite painful to workers.
Their attacks can cause severe injuries and deaths to young, unprotected animals, such as newborn calves, fowls, fawns, pigs, young rabbits, and newly-hatched quail, poultry or ground-nesting birds, exotic animals as well as reptiles and amphibious wildlife. A recent veterinary survey provided evidence that the beef cattle industry alone suffered losses estimated at $67 million.
Fire ant control is expensive. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent annually for control of the fire ant. In Texas alone, officials estimate more than $300 million is spent on fire ants. Another $90 million is spent in Texas’ urban areas each year fighting fire ants.
Injuries and deaths from fire ants bring on lawsuits. Recreational areas like golf courses and city/county parks, retirement homes as well as nurseries and day care centers are subject to law suits brought on by those who have been severely stung by fire ants.