Social and lifestyle impacts

Fire ants could seriously affect our outdoor lifestyle.

Man and women camping on beach, Queensland Australia

Fire ants can restrict everyday activities such as picnics and outdoor play, and sporting activities, because backyards, parks, playgrounds, beaches and sports grounds become unusable.

People in fire ant-infested areas have changed their habits to avoid exposure to the ant.

For example, people do not have picnics on the lawn, go barefoot, sit or lie on the ground, or even stand for too long in one spot. Mowing and gardening can also result in ant stings.

The impact of fire ants is not restricted to people. Pets and domestic animals can also be stung and injured and may have allergic reactions or be blinded by exposure to the venom.