Blackwelder column: Fire ants are back and stinging

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 1, 2012

SALISBURY — Infestations of fire ants have had Cooperative Extension’s phone lines busy for the past few days. A few years ago, the ant was mostly in the southern and eastern part of the county. But since then, reports of fire ant stings have come from all parts of the county, including Salisbury.
The pest is widespread throughout the county and very active. Fire ants are easily spread throughout the county on soils from nurseries, construction equipment, recreational vehicles and hay.
Fire ants are very protective, delivering a powerful sting. Their sting creates a powerful itch with a raised pustule that often becomes infected and may leave a permanent scar.

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