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The red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta), also known as the fire ant or RIFA, is a species of ant native to South America. A member of the genus Solenopsis in the subfamily Myrmicinae, it was described by Swiss entomologist Felix Santschi as a variant in 1916.


Interesting Fire Ants Facts: 6-10. 6. Interestingly, most of the species of fire ants are not invasive by nature. However, there is a particular species known as Solenopsis invicta which is a very invasive species by nature. This species is commonly known as RIFA or Red Imported Fire Ants. 7.


Fun Facts on Fire Ants Fire Ants are reddish brown in color, live in mounds by the thousands and worst of all intrude and sting. Learn more facts about these fiery pests. Fire Ants were accidentally brought into this country on a cargo boat from South America. Since arriving in Alabama, fire ants have spread aggressively, though they remain ...


The red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) has long been known to the science since the early twentieth century. They are highly aggressive ants. If provoked, fire ants will come out of their nests and attack in large numbers. They are thought to consume dead animals and insects.


Red imported fire ants may also move into yards as a result of infested nursery plants or grass sod being used in the home’s landscaping. Since red ant colonies often grow large enough to extend across several properties, control and prevention can be challenging. How Serious Are Fire Ants? When attacking, fire ants first use their mandibles ...


The Red Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta) is considered the worst of all varieties. It has become a major pest in many parts of the country. In fact, this ant’s ability to rapidly reproduce, its aggressive swarming behavior, and painful stings, have made the Red Imported Fire Ant one of the most detested insects around.


Red Imported Fire Ants. Red imported fire ants (RIFA, for short) are more aggressive than other ant species and have a painful sting. These ants and their telltale mound nests should be actively avoided. Red imported fire ants can adapt to many climates and conditions in and around their environment. For example, if the colony senses increased ...


The red imported fire ant is a generalist predator. Therefore, the presence of the ant may be beneficial when consuming other pest species. However, the red imported fire ant is viewed as a pest based on other negative impacts they may have on agricultural operations. RIFA is capable of both biting and stinging.


Red Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta) What is it? The red imported fire ant (RIFA) is a small reddish brown ant from South America . There are six known species of fire ants (Solenopsis spp.) in the United States, three of which are found in Arizona.These three species are the southern fire ant (S. xyloni), and two species of desert fire ant (S. aurea and S. amblychila).


Fire Ant Facts Bruce Fraedrich Ph.D. The Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) was accidentally introduced into the United States from Brazil in 1930’s and they now infest 13 southern and western states. These ants reproduce rapidly and build mounds in almost any type of soil but prefer open sunny areas such as pastures, parks, golf courses and home ...