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Fire Ants

Fire Ants by Byron Chitwood, Master Gardener. It’s that time of the year when you begin to notice that you have fire ants in your yard or pasture. Actually, they have been there all through the winter. They just set up housekeeping deeper underground to avoid the cold. Now that the temperature has warmed up, they have moved closer to the surface of the ground, especially after a rain. As the water level rises after a rain, fire ants will build a fluffy mound above the surface of… Read More →

Fighting Fire Ants

Fighting Fire Ants by Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D. Fire ants have to be one of the most obnoxious insects in the United States.  Almost everyone who spends any time outside in our area has been stung by them.  They take over gardens, eat okra, blight lawns, and generally make a nuisance of themselves.  The most asked question for Master Gardeners has to be, “How do we get rid of fire ants?”  The answer is the Texas Two Step method of fire ant eradication. The first step is to… Read More →

Fire Ants

Fire Ants by PJ LaRue Smith It’s a perfect day, you’ve got a glass of iced tea in one hand, lounging in your favorite lawn chair, and all is well in your world. Suddenly, OUCH, OUCH, OUCH! Iced tea and chair go flying in two different directions, and you’re up like a shot doing a wild slapping, stomping dance. To anyone living in the southern US, the reason for this bizarre behavior is obvious – fire ants! The “imported red fire ant”, is the one most are familiar… Read More →