Fire Ant Control Seminar-2015

— Written By Silas Brown and last updated by
Clay County Extension will hold a seminar on fire ant control on Thursday, April 9, 4:00 p.m. at the Clay County Community Garden site. Fire ants have become an increasing problem throughout the county for several years. Fire ants were first detected in the United States, in Mobile, AL, in 1918. They have since spread over the southeast region. They were first found in North Carolina in 1957, and spread among the eastern NC counties around the coastal plains.
As of 2010, both Clay and Cherokee Counties are the only far west counties in North Carolina that are included in the NC Fire Ant Quarantined areas as this pest continues to move north. This quarantine puts certain restrictions on transporting heavy equipment and various farm products out of such areas.
Numerous home remedies, as well as chemical controls on the market are offered as eradicants for these ants, however, many individuals have tried and seem to fail at putting an end to the pests. This short session will provide information on several possible controls and management strategies for fire ants in the garden, landscape, and public grounds.
For more information or questions, please contact the Extension Office at 389-6305.
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