True to its name, the little fire ant is very small. It’s 1/16th of an inch long, about as long as a penny is thick. That’s half the size of the tropical fire ant commonly found at the beach and often confused with LFA. Even without a microscope you can narrow down some of the characteristics of the little fire ant.
Don’t confuse LFA with the widespread (and much bigger) tropical fire ant! Learn more at www.reportapest.org.
Size comparison between a tropical fire ant (top) and a little fire ant (bottom). Each mark = 1/16th inch.