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Invasive Species: Red Imported Fire Ants

To the common folk, Solenopsis Invicta, or the Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA), is a native specie from South America that was introduced in the United States during the 1930’s. The RIFA often attack humans, pets, and livestock, inflicting painful stings (National Invasive Species Information Center [NISIC]). The painful stings are not the only concern of people because the red imported fire ants also cause havoc in households by munching on wires of electrical equipment (University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture). It is believed that the red imported fire ants came into the United States from Brazil through the cargo ships that unloaded shipment at Mobile Alabama late in the 1930’s. Since then, the red imported fire ants have thrived…