European fire ants were first seen in British Columbia in 2010. Since then, they have been found in the Lower Mainland, the Fraser Valley, and southern Vancouver Island. Their nests are found in moist, shaded places such as lawns and grassy areas, under decaying logs, and in yard waste and potted plants. Because these ants do not create a visible mound, it may not be obvious that an area is infested.
Anyone who disturbs fire ant nests is at risk of being stung. Fire ants may be found in places such as:
- Construction sites
- Properties with landscaping
- Equestrian centres (stables, riding facilities, etc.)
- Garden centres and nurseries
- Urban parks
- Botanical gardens
- Community gardens
- Golf courses
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