Fire ants are found in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and sporadically in Maryland. They have also been accidentally introduced to other countries. Information on fire ants specific to your state or territory is found below. This information includes preferred management practices for fire ant control, distribution maps, and local regulations.
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|Arkansas||Maryland *||Oklahoma||Puerto Rico *|
|California||Mississippi||South Carolina||Outside the U.S.|
|Georgia *||New Mexico *||Texas|
The red imported fire ant originated in South America. It was accidentally introduced into the southern United States around the 1930’s. More recently, it has been detected in parts of Australia, Taiwan, China and Mexico (Drees 2009). A few colonies have also been found in New Zealand. In each of these cases, efforts have been made to determine the spread, limit spread and/or attempt suppression or eradication efforts (Oi and Drees 2009).