Fire Ants Return with a Vengeance

July 09, 2013 Latest Updates by Admin

Fire ants are back with a vengeance! Fire ants were first discovered in BC in 2010 but they may have been here unnoticed for 15 years!

According to Robert Higgins, ant expert and entolomogist at Thompson Rivers University, the number of fire ant cases has more than doubled. Fire ants have now been confirmed in parks, gardens and yards in multiple areas and municipalities in Metro Vancouver.

These ants can be difficult to treat as they have multiple queens in every colony. Having multiple queens also allows easy travel sometimes spreading over multiple city blocks.

Argentine ants, another invasive ant species, have also been confirmed here in BC. While these ants do not sting or bite, they develop "supercolonies" and can overwhelm kitchens, patios, gardens and even crops.They are considered one of the 100 worst invasive species on the planet, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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