Green Industry News JUNE 2019
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Fire Ants Crawling Forward
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What Does Being “Quarantined” Mean To Most Of Us In The Green Industry?
- Nurseries in quarantined counties must treat all of their plants with insecticides prior to shipping them out of the quarantined area.
- Sod produces must also be inspected and treat their sod before it is sold
- Hay and straw producers must have their products inspected and permits made before it is sold into other areas.
- Individuals that rake and bale pine straw (AKA pine-needles, pine-tags) must have their products inspected and/or treated.
- Landscapers should be diligent to make sure that the plants and other products they purchase from quarantined areas are inspected, certified, and if necessary treated. This is to avoid introducing fire ants into a newly installed landscape or turf area.
More Helpful Resources
NCDA&CS – Agricultural Review Quarantine area for Imported Fire Ant Expanded
The imported fire ant first entered the United States through Alabama in 1918. It was first identified in the state in Brunswick County in 1957. As it spread and became established, it was recognized as an aggressive pest of farmlands, pastures,…
Read more | ncagr.gov
Red Imported Fire Ant in North Carolina
This publication discusses the biology and spread of fire ants and the various methods that can be used to control these ants…
Read more | content.ces.ncsu.edu
North Carolina Expands Fire Ant Quarantine Zone
Imported red fire ants are known for building large mounds that get in the way of everything from lawn mowing to crop harvesting. They swarm aggressively when disturbed, and defend themselves with painful, venomous stings…
Read more | wunc.org