Almost 58,000 people have signed a petition to have fire ants renamed ''spicy boys.''

Petition to rename fire ants

Petition to rename fire ants

The online debate is hoping receive a minimum of 75,000 signatures and, once the target is reached, it will be sent to America's President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for consideration.

The petition reads: ''It's 2016, there are 36 genders, bayblade might be a new Olympic sport, why arent we calling fire ants 'spicy boys' (sic).''

And one petitioner, Malip Phripps, believes the renaming of the red ants will save loads of children from eating them.

He said: ''Don't worry, we won't allow these Spice Boys to be carelessly misnamed any longer! Think of all the children who ate a Spicey Boy, only knowing them as 'ants' and then being burnt to death by the sheer force of the spice? We're saving LIVES here, people!''