Fire ants: how far north


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Old 08-11-10, 09:44 PM
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Fire ants: how far north

A friend recently told me he has fire ants in Nova Scotia. My understanding is that they cannot live beyond Kentucky. Is anyone above Kentucky that has seen fire ants?

PAbugman, (I assume you are in Pennsylvania), do you have any there?
 
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Old 08-12-10, 04:04 AM
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Nope, I've never seen a fireant in my career. I suspect that they have a species that appears and behaves similarly to fire ants. We do have aggressive red ants, just like we have honey bees but not Africanized honey bees (except in port cities like Phila., but rarely).

Your friend needs to get a positive id.
 
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Old 08-12-10, 04:27 AM
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Nope, I've never seen a fireant in my career.

I'd be more than happy to send you some.....
 
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Old 08-12-10, 01:54 PM
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I'm curious enough to accept your offer of free fire ants, but Post Office, Homeland Security, ICE(?), ICC, USDA, EPA, DCNR, and all the other acronyms I can't remember might object! I'll just download a photo to keep all of the above calm.
 
 

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