Fire Ant Field Day on November 15th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. with UofA Extension Entomologist Dr. Kelly Loftin at the County Line Elementary School (Behind the Building)

Dr. Loftin will conduct a demonstration on an active mound and talk about the newest control methods as well as the life cycle and habits of this invasive pest.

Imported fire ants were introduced into the United States from South America over 70 years ago. The first documented infestation in Arkansas was found in El Dorado in 1958. Currently, they infest most of the southern half of Arkansas, and have been found in the northern reaches of the state. Fire ants are reddish brown and range from 1/8” to 1/4” in length. In addition to their physical characteristics and aggressive swarming behavior, they are identified by their painful sting, which produces a small pustule (white bump) on the victim within 8 to 24 hours.

Fire Ants have infested all parts of Franklin County and can be found in most any area of the county. Fire ants are serious pests, but fortunately their impact on our lives can be minimized through patience and integrated pest management methods.

For more information concerning the Field Day, contact the Extension office at 479-667-3720 or 479-965-2272.