Fire Ant Management

— Written By Keith Wood

Clay County Extension will offer a demonstration on fire ant control on Tuesday, August 22nd, 6:00 p.m. at the Clay County Community Garden. Fire ants have become an increasing problem throughout the county for several years. Fire ants were first detected in the United States, in Mobile, AL, in 1918. They have since spread over the southeast region. They were first found in North Carolina in 1957, and spread among the eastern NC counties around the coastal plains.

The latest 2017 quarantine map includes Clay, Cherokee, Graham and Macon Counties as the only far west counties in North Carolina included in the NC Fire Ant Quarantined areas. This quarantine puts certain restrictions on transporting heavy equipment and various farm products out of such areas.

Numerous home remedies, as well as chemical controls on the market are offered as eradicants for these ants, however, many individuals have tried and seem to fail at putting an end to the pests. This short demonstration will provide information on several possible controls and management strategies for fire ants in the garden, landscape, and public grounds.

For more information or questions, please contact the Clay County Extension Office at 389-6305.