Fighting Fire Ants With Fire

Knoxville (WVLT) -- Fire ants have been causing problem across East Tennessee, but one pesticide company wants to bring the mound down.

GardenTech Pesticides used a booth at the Karns Community Fair to educate residents about fire ants.

The small red bugs came to the United States in the 1930s and they have made their marks nationwide.

The insect is known to be harmful to children and the elderly and have even been known to kill pets and livestock.

Problem is they can be tricky to get rid of.

"The biggest thing is you don't want to treat with a spray for these. You want something that is not going to disturb the mound that they will take back into the mound," said Neal Denton, a UT Agricultural Extension Agent.

Denton says the best way to make sure fire ants don't infest our region is for communities to work together to eliminate them.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 8785272 -
Gray Television, Inc.