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fire ant

any of several species in the genus Solenopsis the bite of which causes a fiery, burning sensation and sometimes severe allergic reactions.
See also: solenopsin A.

fire ant

n.
Any of various ants of the genus Solenopsis that build large mounds and can inflict a painful sting, especially S. invicta, native to South America and naturalized in the southern United States.
Any of a family of omnivorous nonwinged stinging hymenopteran arthropods that attack people, livestock, crops, electric insulation, etc., of which there are 280+ species world-wide; fire ants inject venom, causing intense (’fire-like’) burning and pruritus, due to necrotoxin or solenamine; reactions range from a wheal-and-flare response, to sterile pustules within 24 hours to severe chest pain, nausea, severe sweating, dyspnoea, oedema, or slurred speech, to anaphylaxis-related death
Management Avoid if possible; prompt topical steroids, antihistamines, epinephrine—Epipen, repeat if needed
Environmental management—fighting fire (ant) with fire Phoridae is a family of small, hump-backed flies, some species of which—e.g., Pseudacteon tricuspis and Pseudacteon curvatus—parasitise the red fire ant in its native South America. It is being introduced in Arkansas and Texas and appears to be successful in controlling the ants

fire ant

Medical entomology A nonwinged hymenopteran arthropod which is omnivorous, attacking livestock, crops, electric insulation; the FA injects a venom, causing intense burning and pruritus, due to necrotoxin or solenamine; reactions range from a wheal-and-flare response, a sterile pustule within 24 hrs to anaphylaxis-related death

fire ant

(fīr ant)
Any of several species in the genus Solenopsis the bite of which causes a fiery burning sensation and sometimes severe allergic reactions.

fire

naked flame.

fire ant
Solenopsis invicta; bites can cause severe conjunctivitis and corneal ulcers.
fire brand
see brand.
fire engine practice
see fire engine practice.
fire fish
members of the fish family Scorpaenidae, or scorpion fish which cause intense skin irritation.
fire injury
fire retardant
chemicals used to proof timber or fabric against fire. Many of these agents are poisonous. The best known are polybrominated and polychlorinated biphenyls.
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All fire ant technicians will display official Queensland Government identification and will not need to enter your house or buildings.
Worker longevity in the fire ant Solenopsis invicta: ergonomic considerations of correlations between temperature, size and metabolic rates.
Caption: The red imported fire ant (left) dabs droplets of potent venom from its rear onto enemies, but its opponent, a tawny crazy ant (right), detoxifies the venom with an acid rubdown.
According to the research, areas infested with the so-called crazy ants contain few, if any, fire ants.
Range expansion of the imported fire ant - 1918-2001.
Effect of imported fire ant predation on a population of the Least Tern-an endangered species.
COUNTRYSIDE: This is in reply to Ruth of Louisiana, who wants to know how to beat fire ants.
Fire ants give off a wide range of different chemicals, and Fadamino and his team wanted to know which of these chemicals attracted the flies.
Identifying a fire ant mound can be a challenge, especially if the property is mowed regularly.
Imported fire ant infestation has been an increasing problem in the Southeast United States for the last seventy years.
Texas also has a native fire ant (not the red imported fire ant) that is kept in check by a very similar fly and so has never become a pest.
Welder Heirs Ranch and Texas Tech University through the Caesar Kleberg Endowed Fellowship in Wildlife Conservation, Fire Ant Line Item and Texas Initiative on Fire Ants.