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Red Imported Fire Ants Solenopsis invicta

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Red Imported Fire Ant Nest site/characteristics: • Generally found in warmer climates • Very aggressive when threatened • Can cause serious problems: • Agricultural • Medical • Structural Call 1-888-523-7378

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Red Imported Fire Ant Nest site/characteristics: • Nests are easy to spot (found in sunny, exposed areas) • Mounds range from a couple inches to several feet across • Colonies are known to link to form ‘supercolonies’ • Forage in established trails Call 1-888-523-7378

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Red Imported Fire Ant Nest site/characteristics: • Nest in areas of exposed soil • Nests may be found: • Adjacent to walls/slabs • In electrical junction boxes/air conditioners • Gas and water meter boxes

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Red Imported Fire Ant Feeding preferences • RIFA are omnivorous, so they will feed on a wide variety of animal and plant matter.

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Red Imported Fire Ant Control • One year control achievable with broadcast treatment with TopChoice • Early season (November-February) application is recommended • In-season mounds can be combo-treated with TopChoice and Maxforce Fire Ant Killer Granular Bait or Maxforce Granular Insect Bait Call 1-888-523-7378

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Red Imported Fire Ant Steps to Control • Use a long injection probe to apply Tempo or Suspend under high pressure directly into mounds. • Apply Maxforce Granular Insect Bait around the mound • Place Maxforce Ant Killer Bait Stations at high traffic areas indoors and outdoors Call 1-888-523-7378

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Red Imported Fire Ant Identification of Red Imported Fire Ant • Stinger present; painful stings (red-itchy bump will become present at point of sting) • Reddish brown with darker abdomen • 10-segmented antennae; 2-segmented club • Two node segments • Uneven thorax, no spines, many hairs on entire body • Polymorphic workers, 1/16 – 1/4 inch (2-7mm) long

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How to treat red imported fire ants