Floating fire ants, insect pests among flood hazards

by Gabriel Saldana, Texas A&M AgriLife

Fire ants, as their colonies begin to flood, can join feet or tarsi to form water rafts, and they are more aggressive once in the floating formation, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists. But other insect pests can also pose human threats in flood conditions, they said.

Dr. Paul Nester, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Houston, and Dr. Mike Merchant, AgriLife Extension urban entomologist, Dallas, encourage those affected by flooding to stay prepared and aware of pests, especially when it comes to mosquitoes, floating fire ant colonies and bedbugs. Continue reading

Floating fire ant nests are common in floodwaters

In the Houstonia

by Katharine Shilcutt

THERE ARE PLENTY OF REASONS not to wade through flood waters unless absolutely necessary for a life-threatening emergency situation. Those reasons include:

  • Not being able to see dangerous debris under the water
  • Getting sacked by a floating manhole cover
  • Not realizing how strong the current is
  • Encountering rogue wildlife like alligators and snakes
  • Realizing you’re also wading in raw sewage
  • Floating fire ant mounds

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