Secret Site Map
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Home News Tawny Crazy Ants May Displace Fire Ants, Researchers Say

Tawny Crazy Ants May Displace Fire Ants, Researchers Say

University of Texas researchers are concerned that tawny crazy ants are going to severely disrupt the environmental balance in the Southeastern United States by wiping out one of the region’s other pests, fire ants.

| November 4, 2013

University of Texas researchers are concerned that tawny crazy ants are going to severely disrupt the environmental balance in the Southeastern United States by wiping out one of the region’s other pests, fire ants, UPI reports.

Tawny crazy ants, also referred to as Rasberry ants, are capable of killing other insects and also starving out entire colonies. They multiply quickly and can nest in crawl spaces, walls and even house plants.

“Perhaps the biggest deal is the displacement of the fire ant, which is the 300-pound gorilla in Texas ecosystems these days,” said Ed LeBrun, a research associate with the Texas invasive species research program.

“The whole system has changed around fire ants. Things that can’t tolerate fire ants are gone. Many that can have flourished. New things have come in. Now we are going to go through and whack the fire ants and put something in its place that has a very different biology. There are going to be a lot of changes that come from that.”

Click here to read more.

Source: UPI

Top news

Arrow Exterminators Acquires Florida Company

Arrow acquired Tallahassee, Fla.-based Action Pest Control.

NPMA Announces Results of 2014-2015 Board Election

Billy Tesh, Pest Management Systems, Inc., Greensboro, N.C., will serve as the association's president.

Viking Pest Control Introduces Roach Coaches

Several buses throughout New Jersey are decked out with cockroaches and the Viking Pest Control logo/contact as part of a new advertising initiative.

Central Garden & Pet Acquires Envincio Assets

The acquisition provides Central with EPA-exempt products, thereby allowing the company to expand its line of specialty products.

Photos: Bed Bugs vs. Bat Bugs

Additional photos from Dr. Michael Potter for the August PCT feature 'Holy Cow...Bat Bugs and Bird Bugs.'