Fire Ant

Fire Ants in Phoenix

Physical Characteristics of Phoenix Fire Ants

  • Dark abdomen, brownish-copper head
  • Measure 1/8” – 1/4” in length
  • Three pairs of legs


  • Dirt mounds act as the Fire Ant’s nest, and are found in moist areas
  • Both aggressive and venomous, fire ants attack when their nests are disrupted
  • Queens can lay approximately 2000 eggs daily

Phoenix Food Sources

  • Omnivorous, preferring protein sources such as other insects

Life Cycle

  • Larval development to adulthood spans an average of 30 days
  • Workers live 1 – 6 months
  • Queens have a lifespan up to 7 years

Related Information and Warnings

  • Not native to Arizona
  • Attacks include multiple stings and the release of venom
  • Severe reactions to stings are possible in the case of victims with a hypersensitivity to fire ant venom
  • Avoid fire ant mounds and proceed with caution when near one

If you notice a Fire Ant or have feel as though you have an infestation in your Phoenix property please feel free to call Bug Guardian at (480)345-2847.