North Carolina's red imported fire ant infestation continues to expand, partially as a result of recent mild winters but more recently due to increased residential and industrial development and subsequent introductions of fire ants in infested sod and nursery stock.
Red imported fire ants were first discovered in North Carolina in 1952 in ornamental nursery plants in both Wake and Mecklenburg Counties. These initial introductions were eradicated. No further introductions were found until 1957 when they were found in Brunswick County. This introduction was able to become established and began to spread. Red imported fire ants can now be found in all or part of 56 counties in North Carolina.
Watch this VIDEO discussing the red imported fire ant and suggestions for suitable control methods.