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.


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  • by Joe Davis Location: Kingston Tn. on Jul 30, 2007 at 06:19 AM
    Unless I missed something I did not find any suggestions as what chemical to use to get rid of the Fire Ants. I don't understand how working with the comunities will get rid of the ants. I live in the country and was wanting to find what will get rid of them before they spread.

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