South Korea consults with Texas A&M on fire ants

by Steve Byrnes, Texas A&M AgriLife

South Korea has asked Texas A&M University for help in stopping an alien pest new to their country, but all too familiar to most Texans, officials said.

“The red imported fire ant has invaded Asia over the last few years, but the South Korean invasion is brand new,” said Dr. David Ragsdale, Texas A&M entomology department head at College Station. Continue reading

AgriLife Extension community fire ant control program a template for success

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife

For more than a decade, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service integrated pest management program specialist Wizzie Brown has been engaged in a community-wide battle against one of the state’s most persistent pests – the fire ant.

Since 2005, Brown and residents of the Wood Glen community in Round Rock, north of Austin, have collaborated in a neighborhood fire ant program to control the proliferation of fire ants, eliminate their unsightly mounds and keep them from biting area residents. Continue reading

2017 Annual Imported Fire Ant and Other Invasive Ants Conference

The 2017 Imported Fire Ant and Other Invasive Ants Conference will be meeting in Mobile, AL on May 16-18, 2017.  The conference will be held at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel  in Mobile, AL.   Information about the conference is posted at: we added information about the hotel venue.  Please note that the deadline for making hotel reservations is April 16, 2017.  Information on meeting registration and paper/poster submission will be posted in January. Continue reading

2017 Imported Fire Ant and Invasive Ant Conference is May 16-18

Please save May 16-18, 2017  for the 2017 Imported Fire Ant and Invasive Ant Conference in Mobile AL! 

The meeting starts with an evening reception on Tuesday May 16 and ends sometime Thursday afternoon  May 18.  We will have a 2 hour meeting of the Ant Pests eXtension CoP Immediately  following the conference on Thursday afternoon.

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Do red imported fire ants have any redeeming qualities?

by Steve Byrnes, Texas A&M AgriLife

Red imported fire ants have earned a justifiably bad rap across the south and most Texans would be hard put to name a single redeeming quality the ants have.

But a team of Texas A&M scientists and a colleague from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge have published a manuscript offering a glimmer of redemption for the invaders. The paper, “Decreased small mammal and on-host tick abundance in association with invasive red imported fire ants, Solenopsis invicta,” was published in the scientific journal Royal Society Biology Letters on Sept. 21. The work and list of collaborators are available at Continue reading

Arkansas site addresses invasive pests

From Delta Farm Press:

Invasive pests cost the United States an estimated $130 billion in damage and preventative measures every year, and information is the best defense.

The Arkansas Forest Resources Center has just launched a website,, dedicated to managing these destructive pests of our forests.

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