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Red Imported Fire Ant (IFA)
Solenopsis invicta

Red Imported Fire Ant (IFA) (Solenopsis invicta ) is an insect pest of agricultural commodities. It is a native of South America and was first detected in Alabama in the 1930's.

A human health hazard due to its aggressive behavior and painful sting,they are also considered a pest because their mound-building activity can damage plant roots, lead to loss of crops, and interfere with mechanical cultivation. It is not uncommon for several fire ant mounds to appear suddenly in a suburban yard or a farmer's field, seemingly overnight

Visit the Imported Fire Ant program page for more information about this pest.

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