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2012-05-01 23:03:39

Campaign includes Homeowner Rebate, Parent Tool Kit, and Schools and Parks Savings Program Research Triangle Park, NC (PRWEB) May 01, 2012 Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, is helping maintain healthy homes and communities by educating homeowners, parents, and groundskeepers for schools and parks about the importance of fire ant prevention with the launch of the TopChoice® Fire Ant Prevention Campaign. As a part of the effort, a Homeowner Rebate, Parent Tool Kit...

2012-02-21 15:00:00

Free Marketing Kit and Special Savings Now Available Research Triangle Park, NC (PRWEB) February 21, 2012 Just in time for fire ant season, Bayer Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, announces the launch of its TopChoice® Fire Ant Prevention Campaign to support lawn care and pest management professionals in educating homeowners and groundskeepers about the importance of fire ant prevention. "At Bayer, we believe that the best way to treat fire ant bites is to...

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2011-09-19 10:15:28

  Genes essential to producing the developmental differences displayed by social insects evolve more rapidly than genes governing other aspects of organismal function, a new study has found. All species of life are able to develop in different ways by varying the genes they express, ultimately becoming different shapes, sizes, colors and sexes. This plasticity permits organisms to operate successfully in their environments. A new study of the genomes of social insects provides...

2011-08-19 06:48:00

ATLANTA, Aug. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As Americans gear up for the final days of summer with last-minute vacations and Labor Day barbeques, one tradition remains as constant as back-to-school sales - pest activity. In a recent Omnibus survey conducted by Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin, flies (45 percent), flying and stinging insects (40 percent) and mosquitoes (39 percent) were most frequently seen in and around homes within the past month. In addition, 30 of 31 Orkin region...

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2011-02-25 08:15:00

New research from the University of Florida has found that red fire ant invasions around the world in recent years can now be traced to the southern United States, where the insect gained a troublesome foothold in the 1930s. Native to South America, the ant has been believed to be contained there and in the southeastern US, before turning up in far off place over the past two decades. Genetic tests on ants in California, China, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand has traced them back to...

2009-09-16 06:11:33

San Antonio is trying to deal with a tiny invader that can cause big problems, the crazy ant. A few colonies of crazy ants have been found in one section of the city, the San Antonio Express News reports. They probably arrived from Houston, where they have been established for about 10 years, possibly brought in on plants. Unlike fire ants, crazy ants do not bite or sting, experts say. What they do is multiply to the point where their colonies have millions or billions of ants. They...

2009-07-01 13:35:00

SAVANNAH, Ga., July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- For some 60 years, fire ants have expanded relentlessly throughout the southern and southwestern United States. They sting relentlessly, too: first biting the victim's skin with their mandibles (mouth parts), then holding on tight and sting from their bottoms. They then often pivot around and continue to sting in circles, causing burning pain and excruciating itch to their victims, many of whom are children. Fire ant venom includes a potent alkaloid...

2009-05-12 19:41:27

Four species of tiny flies that lay eggs in fire ants have been imported into Texas in an effort to reduce the numbers of the stinging invaders. The phorid flies effectively turn fire ants into zombies, the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram reported Tuesday. The egg that hatches in a fire ant produces a maggot that eats the ant's brain, researchers at Texas A&M and the University of Texas say. It's a tool -- they're not going to completely wipe out the fire ant, but it's a way to control...

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2009-01-21 16:00:00

Penn State Assistant Professor of Biology Tracy Langkilde has shown that native fence lizards in the southeastern United States are adapting to potentially fatal invasive fire-ant attacks by developing behaviors that enable them to escape from the ants, as well as by developing longer hind legs, which can increase the effectiveness of this behavior. "Not only does this finding provide biologists with an example of evolution in action, but it also provides wildlife managers with knowledge that...

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2008-09-30 09:06:46

A new report found young kids who have major allergic reactions to fire ant stings can be desensitized in a one-day "rush" protocol. There's a risk of repeated stings in regions where imported fire ants are endemic, according to Dr. Michael S. Tankersley who said the one-day protocol, "which can safely reach a protective dose of immunotherapy in a short amount of time, would be a therapeutic option for any-age patient with imported fire ant allergy." Tankersley, from Lackland Air Force Base,...


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Inchman, Myrmecia forficate
2013-07-10 12:28:46

The inchman (Myrmecia forficate) is a species of bull ant that can be found in Australia, in a range that includes Tasmania and possibly southeastern areas of Australia. This species is gregarious, living in colonies like most other ant species, but it forages for food alone. Nests often go unseen and are typically found under rocks.  It reaches an average body length of up to one inch long, the trait from which it received its common name. The inchman is both a scavenger and a...

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2005-08-25 08:18:19

Fire ants are stinging ants of the genus Solenopsis, of which there are 266 species. They include Solenopsis invicta, commonly known as Red imported fire ant (RIFA). Each colony produces large mounds in open areas, and feeds on young plants and seeds. Solenopsis often attacks young animals and can kill them. For humans it has a painful sting - hence the name fire ant - and the aftereffects of the sting are deadly to some individuals. The worker ants are blackish to reddish and vary from...

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