About Fire Ants — Impact
Tennessee areas under the IFA quarantine have expanded during the last two decades and in 2009 covered more than 13.8 million acres or slightly more than 50% of Tennessee's land area. About 3.4 million Tennesseans or 56% of the state's population live in infested counties and are affected by these pests.
Human Medical Impact
|Pustules, blisters formed following fire ant stings on the hand.|
|Pustules, blisters following fire ant stings (close up).|
|Pustules, blisters formed following fire ant sting on ankle.|
- Teach children and visitors about fire ants and their hazards.
- Wear protective clothing during outdoor activities.
- Treat stings with insect bite remedy that eases pain and protects against pain.
- Control fire ants in areas used most frequently by people and pets.
- Use insect repellents on clothing and footwear (the treatments can temporarily discourage foraging ants).