Fire ants pose a major threat to homes in Raleigh and Fayetteville
The red imported fire ant was introduced into the United States in the 1930’s. Traveling in soil used as ballast on cargo ships that arrived in Mobile, Alabama from South America. South Americans don’t have nearly the problem that the United States does. They only have 20% as many fire ants as we do, probably because North America lacks the natural enemies of Fire ants.