What features ensure the success of fire ants in the United States?
Fire ants can survive average low temperature of 10 degrees F and arid areas with as little as 10 inches of rain per year. They have few natural enemies in the United States to restrain their spread.
Why are fire ants a public health threat?
Fire ants are very aggressive and can inflict a painful sting.
How are the nests of fire ants vs. harvester ants different?
The nests of mature fire ant colony are a dome-shaped mound up to 3 feet in diameter and 1-½ feet high. Harvester ant nests are flat or only slightly raised, and the surrounding ground is defoliated.
What do locusts look like?
Adult locust are conspicuous black and yellow beetles. They have long black antennae and reddish legs. There are generally 0.50 to 1 inch long.
How can locusts cause damage?
Locust borer attacks only black locust. Repeated infestations over time lead to the loss of the timber’s value for use as fence posts or firewood.