I am not fond of fire ants, but they did get rid of the chiggers and ticks. I miss the horned toads however. Still It is nice to have them in a corn patch. They will eat one or two kernals from an ear of corn, and will eliminate the worm that would otherwise eat half the ear. No pesticide needed, to double your harvest!
This swiss chard is growing fine in a pot that has become an ant bed. Note that the leaves are perfect. They patrol the leaves. I have to be careful when I harvest, but some plants do well with fire ants. No need for pesticides here!