Latest Fire ant Stories
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.
A new report found young kids who have major allergic reactions to fire ant stings can be desensitized in a one-day "rush" protocol.
By John Hopkins, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 5--Leo Lestino took a closer look at the ground Monday as he sat at a picnic table at City View Park in Virginia Beach. There are posted signs warning about fire ants, but Lestino hadn't noticed them until Monday.
By The Associated Press EDINBURG, Texas (AP) - South Texans eager to salvage what they can from waterlogged homes struck by Hurricane Dolly have another problem: The floodwaters they're slogging through are laced with stinging fire ants, snakes and tarantulas."You don't want to wade in this water," state Health Services Commissioner David Lakey said during a visit to the Rio Grande Valley on Friday.
The crazy Rasberry ants are marching. Hundreds, thousands, millions, billions of them are charging through Houston in a near-unstoppable zig-zagging insect army intent on making homes, yards and lives a living hill.
New study shows the age of victims determines how fire ants respond to aggressors
Infectious stomach flus may be gut-wrenching
Imported red fire ants have plagued farmers, ranchers and others for decades. Now the reviled pests are facing a bug of their own. Researchers have pinpointed a naturally occurring virus that kills the ants.
Fire ants are showing up in greater numbers in coastal Virginia, much to the alarm of gardeners and farmers who dare disturb their nests.
The first sentence of the first chapter of Walter Tschinkel's new book says it all: "I love fire ants." The Florida State University myrmecologist - a biologist who specializes in ants - has spent 35 years studying red imported fire ants, aggressive stinging insects that most Southerners consider a pest of the first order if not an outright scourge.
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.Â 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...
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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