Living With Ornamental Plants

Leg, 3 days after multiple fire ant stings.
Photo: USDA/ARS, Daniel Wojcik

Ornamental plants that stay green in the winter can be aesthetically pleasing additions to office spaces, coffee shops and foyers. Sitting next to a Florida palm tree can trigger memories of a tropical vacation. What could go wrong?

Inspectors in Delaware found Red Imported Fire Ants in shipments of palm trees from Florida. Far from inducing relaxation, fire ants can cause painful stings and severe allergic reactions…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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