A Little More About the Fire Ant Species
By Bill McCaleb Program Assistant for Agriculture & Natural Resources Virginia Cooperative Extension According to the University of Florida Extension, the most notorious fire ant in their state is the red imported fire ant. It is well known there for its painful, burning stings that result in pustules and intense itching that goes with it. The effects of a fire ant sting can last up to 10 days and even become infected if broken open. Additionally, some people have allergic reactions to fire ant stings, which can be severe.