Whether you love them or hate them, we have to put up with them sometimes! Insects (depending on your perspective) can be exquisitely beautiful or infinitely icky, and Arkansas has its share of interesting insects. Throughout the years Arkansas has seen a host of insects considered as either pests or protected species, and you’ll be the judge on which categories these creatures fit! The next few weeks of summer are sure to be a scorcher and here are 8 bugs to keep an eye on.

#6 Fire Ants

 

Imported red fire ants have been expanding their range northward in Arkansas since the 1950s. Campers and other outdoors enthusiasts will testify to the annoyance and physical irritation caused by disrupting a hill of fire ants.