What Do Little Fire Ants Look Like?

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.

Key characteristics of LFA:

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.