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Texas rains bring out fire ants

The recent rains have brought fire ants closer to the surface, both literally and as a matter of concern for area property owners, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert based in San Antonio.

“Rain doesn’t necessarily make fire ants more abundant,” said Molly Keck, AgriLife Extension entomologist and integrated pest management program specialist for Bexar County. “They were always there; they just weren’t as noticeable. When it rains, the ground becomes saturated and the fire ants move their colonies higher, giving some people the impression there are more of them than there were during dry months.”

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HUD Notice of Funding: Healthy Homes Technical Studies program

HUD Notice of Funding: Healthy Homes Technical Studies program to advance the recognition and control of priority residential health and safety hazards and more closely examine the link between housing and health.

This Notice solicits Pre-Applications only for cooperative agreement awards between $300,000 and $700,000 each. Top-ranked submissions will be invited to submit a full application for funding in response to a second announcement (Healthy Homes Technical Studies Programs Full-Application).

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