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Fire Ant Management Program
Posted on Aug 16th, 2014
The Tawny ant name comes from its scientific name, Nylandia fulva, which was given in 2012 after the origin of the ant was determined to be South America. The first reports in Texas were made by Tom Rasberry, an exterminator, who found them in the Houston Ship Channel area in 2002.
Dr. Nester recommended removing the places they like to nest, eliminating food sources, and carefully inspecting anything that you plan to place in your area. Crazy ants are often transferred to properties in plants, mulch, etc. brought from garden supply stores. He also recommended hiring an experienced professional pest control person with the appropriate licenses to apply regulated pest control substances.
There are websites for more information: http://fireant.tamu.edu/controlmethods/index.php and www.extension.org/fire+ants and http://urbanentomology.tamu.edu (this website has two drop down boxes to choose the pest category and the type.)
After the program, several people asked if FOR was going to do more of this type program. Barbara Fratila, Environmental Chairman, said yes FOR would be planning more programs next year.