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What happens to fire ants during a flood?

Imported fire ants live in colonies in the soil. If a colony is flooded during a rainstorm or other high-water situation, the ants cling together and form a...

How long do fire ants live?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 01, 2015

Fire ant queens typically live 2-6 years (an average of about 3 years). The record longevity of a queen is 7 years. Males die a short time after they swarm...

How do fire ants move from location to location? How far can they travel?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 01, 2015

Fire ants spread by both natural and artificial means.Artificial:This is why certain materials likely to harbor fire ants, including nursery stock, sod, and...

Why do fire ants build mounds?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 01, 2015

Fire ants use mounds to regulate temperature and moisture conditions in the colony.  You may see mounds pop up in response to cooler weather or heavy rains....

Why do fire ants nest next to trees? And do they harm my trees?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 01, 2015

Fire ants use trees as nesting places because little or no soil disturbance or mowing occurs around trees. Also moisture and food resources are plentiful on...

Why do flying fire ants land in my swimming pool?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 01, 2015

Flying ants are the male and female reproductives (alates) from the fire ant colony. Alates are ants with wings. After mating, the female reproductive...

How deep are fire ant colonies?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: October 01, 2015

Fire ants live in an extensive network of tunnels in the soil. How deep this network extends into the ground depends on age and size of the colony, soil...

Goat Reproduction Reproductive Biology

Goats Updated: May 24, 2013

The increased demand for goat meat, especially in the United States, could possibly be met in part through improving reproductive efficiency in our...

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