Originally from South America, fire ants have migrated to countries as far away for Australia 👍 They live in mounds of mud and leaf litter, building underground tunnels to move around the colony 😁 In open spaces, or the absence of natural shelter, they will dig into the ground to create colonies as much as 1.5 meters deep with a mound up to 40 centimetres tall. The best places for fire ants to nest are areas with plenty of sunshine and that have abundant moisture. But they can be colonized in almost all soil types. The colonizers can be found in almost all soil types. fire ant Although the pest loves sunny places, it can be attracted to dry areas. The nests of fire ants are built by making mounds from moist soil. Sometimes colonies can be found around trees or in logs and rotting stumps. Like other species, fire ants also forage opportunistically. often wander inside residences to find sustenance and water. Because fire ants have access to indoor food sources, they may build nests around the base. home or commercial building. Though they’re more commonly found in warmer climates the European fire ants have been increasing in Canada over recent years. 
The threat from fire ants is relatively new in many Canadian provinces. It is an imported species of ant. The European fire ant first appeared in Canada around 2000. Many species are available, including the European fire ant. people assume fire When ants attack they bite. They use both biting as well as stinging to administer venom and repel intruders. The fire ants begin the stinging process by biting and pinching the victim’s skin. Fire ants’ mouthparts or mandibles prick skin to make it a target. The stinger extends from the abdomen and looks similar to a hypodermic needle. The fire ant injects the burning poison by inserting the stinger in the exposed skin between its mandibles. 
Abraham Byrne orkincanada.caAlthough there are several types of ants found in Canada, some are more common than others. Most people are familiar with ants through coloration, with black and red at the forefront of many homeowners’ minds. The majority of ants are black, including the common ones like the Tetramorium pavement ant and Camponotus pennsylvanicus black carpenter-ant. little black antMonomorium minimal, also known as. The little black ant is 1.5mm long, as the name implies. This ant is highly adaptable and can build nests under carpets, in woodwork or masonry. At around 3mm in length, the pavement ant is slightly larger and nests underneath sidewalks, slabs of concrete, large rocks, or other high-density structures. Black carpenter ant nests primarily in treesWooden building structures or in decaying logs. It grows to about 1.6cm in length. They were recently revised by Ivan Clinton, Xi An Shaanxi in China. 
Henri Grace orkincanada.caThe following describes how ants are easy to recognize. Their colour is usually either black, dark brown or red. Depending on their species, they can measure between 1.5mm and 13mm in length. As with all insects, an ant’s entire body can be divided into three separate parts. Constricted petioles (also known as nodes) join the thorax to the abdomen. Some ants only have one node while others may have two, depending on their species. Except for reproductive swarmers who have two pairs functional wings for dispersal and mating, all ants have three sets of legs for walking. We are grateful to Joyce Kumar, Mangalore (India) for her unique insight. 
As if colonies comprised of millions of fiery Argentine ants, carpenter ants, pavement ants, Pharaoh, or thief ants weren’t already a full plate for Canadian homeowners, a non-native species – more aggressive and potentially dangerous to humans, pets, and livestock – has been making its way into our country. Myrmica rubra is a commonly found species of the European fire ant. red ants It is found in many parts of Europe, as well as in Asia. The first sighting was in British Columbia, Canada, in 2010. Since then, it has been reported in numerous regions including Courtenay, Courtenay, Burnaby and Toronto. Although they share the same name, they are only distant relatives of the “real” fire ants of the Solenopsis species. Domonic Boston of Guayaquil Ecuador, who shared this knowledge with us, is truly a great person.