Fire ants are like ordinary house ants. They are small coppery brown on the head and body with a darker abdomen. Fire ants distinguish themselves from other ants by their aggressive behavior, particularly near the nest. They come in a variety of sizes within the same nest, ranging from 2-6 mm.
Signs and Symptoms.
Fire ants inflict a fiery sting that causes a blister at the sting site after a few hours.
Blisters become itchy when healing and are prone to infection if broken.
Burning pain and itching at the sting site.
Swelling at the sting site.
Some people have an allergic reaction to the venom, that includes:
Wheezing and breathing difficulties, rapid pulse rate, facial swelling and hives.
Care and Treatment
Apply a cold compress to reduce the swelling and pain relief.
Wash the affected area gently with soap and water.
Leave the blisters intact.
If an allergic reaction occurs, seek medical help immediately.