Fire Ant distribution in the United States is currently primarily limited to southeastern states from Texas through Virginia, including parts of Tennessee, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, as well as verified reports in parts of Delaware and California. Of the more than 280 fire ants species in the world, the Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) is the most common one in the U.S., having been imported in cargo ships from South America in the 1930s.
The FDA estimates that RIFAs cause approximately $750M in damage to agricultural assets, livestock loss, and crop loss each year, with more than $5B being spent annually on various fire ant control measures. For people allergic to fire ant venom, a single sting from a fire ant can produce symptoms of anaphylaxis in just a matter of minutes, with several stings potentially fatal.
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