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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 →