Thursday, April 03, 2003

Dead ant, dead ant.....

There was an imported red fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) conference in California this past week, and some attendees are sounding more optimistic than ever about eradicating the annoying invasive insects. According to this article in the Orange County Register, the county has gone from being heavily infested to having the ants restricted mostly to median strips and landscaped areas. No information in the article about how they did it, but apparently the region had some help from its dry climate and sage scrub habitat, both of which inhibit the ants' ability to colonize and reproduce. You can click here to see the entire conference agenda.

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