Fire ant colonies float in Hurricane Harvey floodwaters


September 5, 2017

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.

‘Avoid, avoid, avoid.’

Some experts are warning the public not to attempt to drown the insects, NPR reports.

“If anybody comes in contact with that, hits it, well then, the ants immediately will stream onto that person just like they would onto a log or onto a bank because they’re looking for high ground,” Paul Nester, a Houston-based fire ants expert at Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service, told NPR.

Pest management professionals: Do you have any advice on how to manage these fire ant floats? Comment below.

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