Why do fire ants get into laundry?

Imported Fire Ants September 23, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF


Fire ants move into dark, dry places when it floods and into moist areas in drought conditions. Laundry and laundry rooms are often warm and humid, providing suitable habitat. A pile of laundry also resembles their tunnels.

Clothing soiled with food particles or oils can also attract foraging ants.

Any room in your home with these conditions can attract fire ants.



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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.