Battling Red Imported Fire Ant

Fire Ants
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The Red Imported Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta, is an invasive species from South America. It produces high density populations and displaces other species of ants. The ants are aggressive, readily swarm and will sting unwary animals en masse. Allergic individuals stung by fire ants have died of anaphylaxis.

In addition to the North American invasion, the Red Imported Fire Ant has invaded Australia. The government has launched a comprehensive program to control the…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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