Black Imported Fire Ant
- Small to medium sized ants, total length of workers around 2 - 8 mm.
- Predominantly black in color.
- Can generally be recognized by their large mounds.
- Successful queens live approximately five years.
- Very similar to the red imported fire ant.
- Ants will swarm out of the nest and attack, and workers will attach to the skin with their mandibles and sting repeatedly when disturbed.
- A major agricultural and urban pest that also causes both medical and environmental harm resulting in a cost of many millions of dollars per year.