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State Government: Red Imported Fire Ants

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Red Imported Fire Ants, a widespread problem in the southeastern United States, became a new worry for California and its productive agricultural industry, an industry already under siege from a growing list of exotic pests. Discoveries of fire ants in an Orange County nursery late in 1998 quickly led to widespread finds in Orange County and limited finds in Los Angeles County and in Riverside County's Coachella Valley and the City of Moreno Valley.

Farm Bureau supports fire ant eradication
Riverside County Farm Bureau has put its weight behind eradication of Red Imported Fire Ant in California, seeking help from government officials.

Red Imported Fire Ant in California
University of California entomologists Les Greenberg, John Kabashima, and John H. Klotz describe the problems presented by this new pest in California.

Letter to CDFA
Voicing its support for eradication of Red Imported Fire Ant, Farm Bureau sent this letter to California Secretary of Agriculture Bill Lyons.

Orange County governments call for eradication
Local government officials and citizens in Orange County called for eradication of Red Imported Fire Ant, not a control program that would allow it to spread throughout California and neighboring states. They discussed the problem in a January 1999 Town Hall meeting in Santa Ana.