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(Colorado Springs Gazette)   When you buy your bales of hay off of Craigslist from a farmer in Texas, sometimes he'll throw in the fire ants for free   (gazette.com) divider line 7
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2012-11-20 12:50:23 PM
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barc0001: ReapTheChaos:

If all it took was a little cold weather then fire ants wouldn't be the problem they are.

[www.ars.usda.gov image 510x322]

This map would tend to disagree with your assessment of fire ants and their love of winter. Note the places where there are no dots correlates strongly where things get cold?


Fire ants can and have adapted to cold climates. The map you posted doesn't have much to do with cold temperatures. This is just where the ants have already colonized and the extent to which they have become firmly established. Eradication programs and quantantines have slowed their progress, but they continue to move northward at a steady rate.

Fire ants aren't actually ants, but a kind of wingless wasp. They have stingers and will hold there victim with their mandibles and sting it several times in a circular motion. One ant may sting up to a dozen times and the soldiers attack in the hundreds. They are nasty little critters, to be sure.
2012-11-20 12:15:25 PM
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Y'know, there's a very simple solution to the problem: gasoline plus match. Fire ants, meet fire.

Chalk up the four grand you're out for the load of ant-ridden hay to a learning experience, and never buy anything from Texas ever again.
2012-11-20 03:07:56 PM
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JackieRabbit: Fire ants aren't actually ants, but a kind of wingless wasp.


No.

While they do sting like wasps, they are members of the genus Solenopsis, which is most definitely an ant genus. 

You may be thinking about velvet ants, which are wingless wasps.
2012-11-20 02:03:08 PM
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barc0001: ReapTheChaos:

If all it took was a little cold weather then fire ants wouldn't be the problem they are.

[www.ars.usda.gov image 510x322]

This map would tend to disagree with your assessment of fire ants and their love of winter. Note the places where there are no dots correlates strongly where things get cold?


Very interesting, but I'm curious to now why the ants seem to recognize state borders.
2012-11-20 12:49:44 PM
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robohobo: [images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 250x188]


FAR ants.
2012-11-20 12:08:00 PM
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cryinoutloud: the fire ants will die during the winter


No, they won't. The ants will note the change in climate and go to ground to nest immediately. Drones will immediately begin foraging until it is too cold. They will stay underground for the winter and re-emerge in the spring. Those that don't go to ground can live quite cozily in those hay bales through the winter. No doubt about it. This lady's made a real problem for herself.
2012-11-20 11:59:00 AM
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JackieRabbit: "For me, I'm probably going to go under," she said. "It's become a nightmare, a total nightmare."

Oh boo-hoo. If you buy hay off craigslist and you don't know the haymaker, you deserve to go under. Now you've introduced fire ants into your area and your neighbors will soon have just as big a problem as you do. The CO dept of agriculture should quarantine your farm and fine you.


Whatever ants are left probably won't survive past Monday, gonna snow with a low temp of 10 F. BUT, sounds like she got suckered, she really should have been much more careful.
 
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