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Plant Industry - Plant Protection Section
Entomological Services

Red Imported Fire Ant Program

The red imported fire ant (RIFA) is a nuisance and health concern to humans, livestock, and wildlife due to its painful sting. The red imported fire ant was first detected in the United States in Alabama in 1918. It was first identified in the southeastern part of North Carolina in Brunswick County in 1957.

Portions or entire areas of 77 of North Carolina's 100 counties are considered generally infested with red imported fire ants. The NCDA&CS issues certification and compliance agreements to individuals and industries engaged in the movement of potentially contaminated commodities to reduce man assisted movement of these ants.

For information regarding regulated articles, authorized pesticides, approved treatment options for shipping regulated articles from a quarantine area, such as nursery stock, grass, sod, greenhouse grown plants, and blueberries, and other fruit and nut nursery stock click here.

For additional federal Imported Fire Ant information regarding movement of regulated articles click here.

Imported Fire Ant:
Quarantine Treatment for Nursery Stock,
Grass Sod, and Related Materials

(Full manual here)


For nurseries seeking bulk density determinations please click here.

Moving Baled Hay from Areas Under Quarantine for Imported Fire Ant


For additional information see:


NCDA&CS Plant Industry Division - Plant Protection Section
Entomological Programs Manager - Paul Adams
Mailing Address: 1060 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1060
Physical Address: 216 West Jones Street, Raleigh NC 27603
Phone:(919) 707-3735 | FAX:(919) 733-1041

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