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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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(2004), verificaram um efeito negativo para a especie Brachymyrmex sp.l, juntamente com Solenopsis sp.l, Wasmannia auropunctata (Roger, 1863), apos a aplicacao de herbicida glifosato em area com eucalipto, o que nao ocorreu no presente estudo.
Wasmannia auropunctata Roger (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) is among 5 of the most damaging invasive ant species in the world and is widespread throughout the tropics and subtropics, especially throughout the Pacific (Lowe et al.
La especie de hormiga mas abundante fue Wasmannia auropunctata, mientras que en Carabidae fue Notiobia sp.
humile and Wasmannia auropunctata. These ants have polygynous colonies, territorial, aggressive behaviour and exhibit generalist foraging on the soil and trees.