red imported fire ant survey

In October 2009, suspect red imported fire ant (RIFA) mounds were detected near a retail nursery in Murray, Kentucky.  Nursery inspectors and the county extension agent subsequently treated the mounds with insecticide bait and collected specimens for identification.  The ants were confirmed to be RIFA by a USDA identifier on October 8, 2009.  Nursery inspectors visually surveyed the field and roadside and treated all active mounds with insecticide bait.  Surveys in 2010 and 2011 revealed no fire ants.  In 2012 surveys will continue to determine if the treatments were successful or if the treatments need to continue.


Red Imported Fire Ant mound, adult, and damage