Five million fire ant stings occur annually, but your risk of sting depends greatly on your location.
In the South, fire ants sting up to 40% of the people each year.
In the United States, fire ants are most often found in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and even as far west as New Mexico and California. They are less prevalent, though still discovered sporadically, in Kentucky, Missouri, and Maryland.
In the South, particularly in the Gulf Region, fire ants sting up to 40% of the people who live in infested areas each year. Among the top infested areas, fire ant stings even occur more frequently than bee and wasp stings. So, if you’re in one of these areas it’s important to be prepared with Fire Out for relief from fire ant bites and stings.
Disturbing a fire ant mound often results in multiple stings, so the Fire Out roll-on applicator is a convenient, no-mess way to quickly get relief over a wide area of skin coverage. Fire ant stings usually cause immediate pain and a red, swollen area so you’ll need to act fast. If you believe you are having an allergic reaction to fire ant stings, please seek prompt medical attention.
Photo credit: USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org