Stop the Spread of Fire Ants !

I have been following the efforts made by the Corpus Christi Independent School District and the Texas Legislature after a 13 year old boy was killed by fire ant stings on the football field in Corpus Christi in 2013. As reported at the Imported Fire Ant Conference held in New Orleans, I am happy to announce that the 2015 84th Regular Session of Texas State Legislature introduced four bills relating to the use of epinephrine on school campuses. In addition, the School District with the involvement of Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension Program Specialist, Dr. Paul R Nester is seeing fewer and fewer fire ant piles with their new fire ant management practices.

According to the American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, 500,000 people go the Emergency Room for insect stings each year. More than 40 people die from sting anaphylaxis or whole
body reactions annually. Fire ants may be the number one agent of insect sting and costs the United States about $6 billion a year.
 
If we all made a pledge to treat our yards faithfully every year for fire ants, could we stamp them out and stop them from spreading elsewhere. It's worth a try. For more information and the latest on how to keep fire ants out of your yard read the full report here :  http://articles.extension.org/sites/default/files/2015%20Conference%20Proceedings_0.pdf
 

 

 
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