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February Chapter Meeting - Red Imported Fire Ants

posted Feb 6, 2016, 6:21 PM by Mary Waters
On Thursday, February 4th Dr. Paul Nester with Texas Agrilife in Conroe presented on the control of red imported fire ants.  He covered:

  • Integrated pest management (IPM) and how it relates to the management of the red imported fire ant;
  • the history of the introduction of the fire ant and why it remains a pest;
  • the life cycle of the fire ant and why it is important to the management of this pest; and
  • various management strategies.

Dr. Nester earned a BS Degree in Plant Pathology with Entomology minor and an MS degree in Crop Physiology from the University of Arkansas, and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, with a Minor in Entomology from Louisiana State University.

His experience includes managing an Agricultural Research Station in Tunica, MS, and serving as an Area Product Supervisor in Arkansas, Tennessee, North Alabama, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Texas for the 5 years he was with UniRoyal Chemical Company.

Dr. Nester began working with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on the Fire Ant Management Project in November 1999, and recently conducted research addressing management of the Red Imported Fire Ant.  He is also involved with research efforts on the Tawny (“Rasberry”) crazy ant, the Argentine ant and the Texas Leaf Cutter Ant.

It was a very interesting program and one of particular importance to Texas residents.  Dr. Nester generously sent the attached reference documents with additional information on fire ants and their control
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Mary Waters,
Feb 6, 2016, 6:21 PM
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Mary Waters,
Feb 6, 2016, 6:21 PM
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