Editor's note: Texas A&M Extension published the following reminder in the wake of recent hurricanes and subsequent flooding.
So last time I posted about rain and mosquitoes. I thought I needed to follow up that post with one on rain and imported fire ants, especially since it's still raining.
I've been getting a fair number of inquiries about imported fire ants as of late. There are usually two categories of questions that I've been fielding:
1. What happens to fire ants when it floods?
2. How do I control all the fire ants that are popping up?
I have covered both of these topics before and they are also covered on other sites with great information, so I will link you to sources for more information.
Flooding and fire ants from a previous blog post
Scientific American article on how fire ants form rafts to survive floods
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Disaster Education Network article on fire ants after flooding
Do you have fire ants? from a previous blog post- covers different basic types of treatments
Baiting for fire ants in the fall also from a previous blog post
Treating fire ants in certain backyard situations also from a previous blog post- this one covers "odd" areas like veggie gardens, compost bins, etc.
Source: IPM action plan for fire ants from eXtension.org