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Fire ant colonies float in Hurricane Harvey floodwaters

September 5, 2017 By
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, images of floating fire ant colonies from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston have gone viral on social media. Meanwhile, in Cuero, the river has brought my aunt all of the fire ants.... Read more»
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‘Zombie’ ants video: Phorid flies used to combat fire ants

November 3, 2016 By
The University of Texas at Austin invasive species research program is attempting to control invasive fire ant populations in Texas with South American phorid flies. PBS showcased this process in its “SuperNature – Wild Flyers” documentary this summer, made with... Read more»

Texas bites back with annual ‘pest fests’

April 8, 2016 By
Since the early 1980s, Texas has hosted two quirky annual festivals in spite of its most common pests: The Great Texas Mosquito Festival and FireAnt Festival. One tiny Texas town also established a festival commemorating its pesky wild hog population.   The Great Texas Mosquito Festival... Read more»

El Nino 2015/16 Likely to Bring a Pest Surge with It

November 18, 2015 By
Some interesting news from the wire yesterday: Orkin released a report (that’s received a fair amount of coverage in mainstream news) regarding the expected heavy rains coming, courtesy of the El Nino weather system, to the Southern U.S. From California... Read more»
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Did You Know? Fire Ants

March 20, 2015 By
Red imported fire ant (RIFA) populations cost the United States more than $5 billion annually for medical treatment, damage and control of infestations. This doesn’t include the $750 million in damage they do to livestock and crops. Other “fun facts”... Read more»
Doug Vangundy

Tips & Tricks: Control Future Fire Ant Problems with Early Fall Treatments

October 21, 2014 By
Fire ants are typically 1 to 3mm in length, with a reddish head and thorax and a black abdomen, which attack anything that disturbs their mound. They’ll build their mounds as tall as 15 in. in open areas and under... Read more»

Terminix: Ants

October 13, 2013 By
Three kinds of animals fight battles in formations: humans, crows and ants. Perhaps that’s why various species of pest ants still hold the title as the No. 1 invader of homes and businesses. Carpenter, Argentine, fire and pavement ants remain... Read more»
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Doug Vangundy

Central Life Sciences: Ants

October 13, 2013 By
Fire ants are an increasing problem in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates the pests cause almost $6 billion of damage per year. Destroying crops and electrical equipment aren’t the only trouble with fire ants. They also... Read more»
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Tips and Tricks: When to treat for fire ants

November 16, 2012 By
By Doug VanGundy Senior Director, Research and Development, Central Life Sciences The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that fire ants cause nearly $6 billion of damage each year. But destroying crops and electrical equipment are not the only trouble... Read more»
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FMC Launches Talstar XTRA

May 21, 2010 By
New granular insecticide eliminates fire ants in as little as minutes   PHILADELPHIA — FMC Professional Solutions has launched Talstar XTRA granular insecticide, the newest addition to its expanding line of Talstar products. Talstar XTRA combines the proven residual of Talstar... Read more»
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