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Fire ant best management practices

March 29, 2011
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As winter has come to an end and temperatures have warmed the pesky fire ant has returned, which brings up numerous questions about best management practices to deal with this pest.

Red and black imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta and Solenopsis richteri) are invasive species and their painful bites can injure or kill livestock, wildlife, domestic animals and humans. Their large mounds (as many as 300 per acre) are unsightly and often damage mowers and other equipment. Fire ants also infest buildings and can damage electrical equipment by chewing on wire insulation. Fire ants cost Americans $6 billion a year, including the cost of insecticides.

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