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Fire Ant Attack
Ducks can sometimes accidentally step on or stand too close to mounds constructed by fire ants (Solenopsis invicta). Fire ants are aggressive, venomous insects that are native to South America. They were introduced to the southeastern United States in the 1930s where their populations have been expanding.
When fire ant hills are disturbed, the ants rapidly respond by attacking the cause of the disturbance with painful bites and stings. A fire ant delivers a very painful simultaneous bite and sting. The toxins they inject are a combination of several different piperidine alkaloids.