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Fire Ant Problems Increase In Mountains


Last updated 5/18/2020 at 12:29pm

Fire ants, with their painful stingers, are becoming pervasive in western North Carolina.

Move over murder hornets. Fire ants, those vicious insects with a painful sting and destructive ways, are becoming more pervasive in the mountains, according to research from the Highlands Biological Station of Western Carolina University.

A recently published report shows an acclimation of fire ants to high elevations in the Southern Appalachians, something that many biologists had long believed could not happen.

"This has some important conservation implications, especially as the forests here are increasingly fragmented, opening the door to more and more fire ant colonization," said Ji...

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