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Fire ant infestations are dangerous!
The toll on humans and animals from fire ant bites (stings) is an important public concern. Fire ant bites (stings) can produce a broad range of reactions from mild localized pain and swelling to severe and deadly anaphylactic shock.
Even though a small number of people have extreme reactions to fire ant bites (stings), fire ants pose a serious medical threat to visitors of public lands. Serious incidents are avoidable and therefore managers and land owners can be held liable.
Fire ant venom is composed of piperidine alkaloids and is less than 1% proteinaceous. Stings to humans and animals usually develop into swollen, painful pustules. Within 12-24 hours tissue death (necrosis) can occur, caused by the perperidine alkaloids. Sometimes secondary lesions develop.
Fire ant infestations are deadly
The threat of death from fire ants to healthy adult humans and animals is fairly minimal. However, fire ants can be a major threat to small, weak, ill, or very young animals. In rural and urban habitats, fire ants can reduce the number of birds and mammals.
Newborn animals are at an increased risk if they are born near or lie down near an ant nest. Newborn animals can be attacked and killed by the many ants inhabiting the mound. Even a weanling horse can develop severe laminitis from multiple fire ant bites (stings). This may necessitate euthanasia.
Fire ants destroy and kill many beneficial organisms
Fire ants prey on:
- bees, especially ground-nesting species
- butterfly caterpillars
- young birds, quail and chickens
- mice, rabbits and other small mammals
- newly hatched snakes, lizards, turtles, alligators, and crocodiles
Other than stinging creatures to death, fire ants harm animals in other ways.
- Fire ants eat insects that birds, quail and chickens depend on.
- Fire ants attack and sting deer fawns and cows, especially around the eyes causing blindness.
- Fire ants eaten by fish can prove fatal.