What To Do When Facing A Floating Ball Of Fire Ants In Harvey’S Floodwaters : The Two-Manner : Npr

Paul Nester, a Houston-based fire ants expert at Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service, has this primary advice: “Avoid, avoid, avoid.
What To Do When Facing A Floating Ball Of Fire Ants In Harvey’s FloodwatersEnlarge this image toggle caption Juan DeLeon/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images Juan DeLeon/Icon Sportswire/Getty ImagesWhat should you do when confronted by a floating raft of thousands of fire ants?
As rescue efforts continue, he warns that floating fire ants rafts will often take refuge in debris piles.
They’re in this ball that has a high surface tension so the water can’t encroach on the interior.
Among the many scenes of devastation coming out of areas flooded by Tropical Storm Harvey, images of floating rafts of these ants have gone viral on social media.

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