Their presence in homes is undesirable due to their painful sting.In some people, stings are accompanied by large welts and extreme burning and itching phases for up to three days."Highest Priority" should be given as a control level to these sites. auropunctata is a highly invasive species with vast potential effects on local arthropod biodiversity as well as an agricultural menace.
When LFA contaminated plants are purchased and planted, the ants may become locally established.
The Little Fire Ant (LFA) is a slow moving, brownish orange species about 1.5 mm long.
The ant has a three jointed antennal club, two spines on the posterior dorsal portion of the thorax, and lacks teeth on its clypeus.
It nests opportunistically in cracks and crevices, under rocks, potted plants, leaf litter, and stones, or on ornamental trees and foliage.
LFAs are similarly flexible in their diet, consuming invertebrates and plant parts. auropunctata also feed on honeydew; the ants protect and tend plant-feeding insects as a source of this sugary substance. auropunctata generally decreases arthropod diversity; the ants both outcompete and prey on the local community.