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Agri View: Powerful Insect

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Close-up of a Red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta)

Everett Griner talks about the fight to control one powerful insect in today’s Agri View.

The battle to kill, and control, insects is one of the continuous efforts of farmers in all states. They vary. What is a problem in Nebraska may not have any impact in South Carolina. But, Carolina is one of those states that strives to control the fire ant.

This imported insect was a severe problem for southeastern farmers for generations, until methods to control it were found. Notice I said ‘control’.

The fire ant was brought into this country from South America. I think the first appeared around Mobile, Alabama. Some people say Texas. They spread rapidly until the covered the entire southeast. It was a tough fight at first. The spread was fast and relentless.

Scientist are still looking for a way to eradicate them. That search is far from over. In fact, it may never be found.

That’s Agri View for today. I’m Everett Griner…