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Red Imported Fire Ant

Red Imported Fire Ant

Scientific name: Solenopsis invicta Buren, 1972 (ITIS)

Synonym: Solenopsis wagneri Santschi

Common name: Red imported fire ant

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Native To: South America (Jemal and Hugh-Jones 1993)

Date of U.S. Introduction: Probably between 1933 and 1945 (Jemal and Hugh-Jones 1993)

Means of Introduction: Possibly introduced in ships' ballast (Fitzpatrick et al. 2007)

Impact: Can attack and cause painful stings on humans, pets, and livestock (Jemal and Hugh-Jones 1993)

Current U.S. Distribution:

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Partnership

Featured Creatures - Red Imported Fire Ant
University of Florida. Entomology and Nematology Department.

Citrus Pests - Red imported fire ant
USDA. APHIS. PPQ. CPHST. Identification Technology Program.
See also: Citrus Resource

Pacific Invasive Ant key (PIAkey): Identification guide to ants of the Pacific Islands - Solenopsis invicta
USDA. APHIS. PPQ. CPHST. Identification Technology Program.

Texas Invasives Database - Solenopsis invicta
TexasInvasives.org.

Invasive Species Compendium - Solenopsis invicta
CAB International.

Global Invasive Species Database - Solenopsis invicta (insect)
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Government

Agricultural Research Service Research Program: Invasive Species Success Stories
Includes success stories for: Asian longhorned beetle, glassy-winged sharpshooter, fire ants, fruit flies, melaleuca, saltcedar and yellow starthistle.

Fire Ants - Integrated Pest Management Manual
DOI. National Park Service.

Imported Fire Ant
USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

Fire Ants
Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (Australia).

State

Red Imported Fire Ant Program
California Department of Food and Agriculture. Plant Health Division. Pest Detection/Emergency Projects Branch.
See also: Pest Profile - Red Imported Fire Ant

Oregon Pest Alert: Red Imported Fire Ant (PDF | 2.1 MB)
Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Imported Fire Ants
Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

Fire Ant Suppression & Eradication
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Plant and Pest Services.

Academic

Imported Fire Ants
eXtension.
Note: Educational partnership of more than 70 universities; provides local customized information (requires free registration)

Alabama Fire Ant Management Program
Auburn University (Alabama). College of Agriculture. Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology.

Managing Imported Fire Ants in Urban Areas (PDF | 1.60 MB)
University of Arkansas. Division of Agriculture.

Red Imported Fire Ant - Pests of Homes, Structures, People, and Pets (Dec 2013)
University of California. Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program.

Red Imported Fire Ant Research
Louisiana State University. AgCenter Research and Extension.

Imported Fire Ants - Radcliffe's IPM World Textbook
University of Minnesota.

Insects: Fire Ants
Mississippi State University. Extension Service.

Control of the Red Imported Fire Ant, AG-486
North Carolina State University. Cooperative Extension.

Fire Ants
Oklahoma State University. Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology.
Note: Maps of potential range expansion for the red imported fire ant in Oklahoma and the United States

Imported Fire Ants in Tennessee
University of Tennessee Extension.

Texas Imported Fire Ant Research and Management
Texas A&M University. Entomology.

Professional

Red Imported Fire Ant - Invaders of the Sonoran Desert Region
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Citations

Fitzpatrick, M.C., J.F. Weltzin, N.J. Sanders, R.R. Dunn. 2007. The biogeography of prediction error: why does the introduced range of the fire ant over-predict its native range? Global Ecology and Biogeography 16(1):24-33.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Solenopsis invicta. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].

Jemal, A., and M. Hugh-Jones. 1993. A review of the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta Buren) and its impacts on plant, animal, and human health. Preventative Veterinary Medicine 17(1-2):19-32.

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Last Modified: Mar 20, 2015
 
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