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Posts Tagged ‘fire ants’

Science discoveries continue


Fire ant venom as a Fungicide

In their experiments, the researchers used sophisticated extraction techniques to obtain purified amounts of piperdeine and piperidine from the venom glands of both red and black imported fire ants.

In this case they are testing the venom, several ant species use different techniques to tend gardens of fungi so I wonder how this would work?

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Workman’s Comp and those bugs…

Workman’s Comp and those bugs…

I would probably venture that most people wouldn’t consider that a bug bite might fall under a workman’s compensation claim. Read this article at  by Rebecca Shafer, J.D. on Workers Comp Claims from Spiders, Bees, Fire Ants, Fleas, Mosquitoes, Bedbugs, Wasps, Hornets, Lice, Scorpions, Ticks, Mites, Bites, and Stings.

I think most of us don’t even think before we pick up something in the yard or garage, but maybe we should. That spider or scorpion is going to react and not in a good way. Put on gloves before you move anything that has been laying around.

A few tips:

  1. Don’t stack things next to outside of your home.

  2. Where gloves when moving items.

  3. Garages and sheds are notorious for unwanted visitors, use caution.

  4. Inspect your property monthly for signs of activity.

  5. If you notice a hole, fill and patch it. If you notice bees call a Pest Management Professional.

If you’re allergic maybe you should consider having a key ring (picture from their site) or bracelet

Parasitic flies turn fire ants into zombies..

This article appeared in the following – Bill Hanna, Fort Worth Star-Telegram Bill Hanna, Fort Worth Star-telegram – Tue May 12, 2:09 pm ET

We do have a variety of Fire Ants here in Arizona and I have seen some research done in Florida and other states on this little wasp.

Here is a link to the Arizona Department of Agriculture on their work on the Red Imported Fire Ant. and

The red imported fire ant, is a very invasive species from  Brazil to Argentina and has now staked a claim in the Southwest US. Typically more  aggressive than our native Arizona fire ants, having entered the United States through the port of Mobile, Alabama in the 1930s  probably aboard a ship.  In the 1990’s, they moved westward, traveling aboard trucks, trains and trailers with infested cargoes such as sod, plants, compost, possibly used farm equipment. This ant then made its way to  far western Texas and Arizona.

Potential range distribution of Red ImportedFire Ants in the general landscape.

This information was from research from the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service and the US Department of Agriculture.

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