Fire ants are notorious for both their appearance and their bite. According to top entomologists at Texas Tech University, Fire Ants have been present in Lubbock since 1984 [See Recognition of Fire Ants in Lubbock].
Due to the relatively arid climate, Fire Ants do not build the tall mounds that they’re usually associated with. Instead, Fire Ants will build short 2-inch mounds covered in a coffee grounds-like substance.
These mounds will commonly be built next to sidewalks or roads, in order to leech off of the pavement’s heat and to take advantage of any water run-off.
Many different ant species mounds can appear to have this coffee-grounds-like substance on top, but what separates Fire Ants from other species is their aggressiveness. If a Fire Ant mound is disturbed, hundreds of ants can come pouring out at once in an effort to protect their hive.
This aggressive nature of the fire ant makes it all the more crucial to contact an exterminator or pest control specialist immediately upon finding an infestation.