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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Researchers Use Flies to Attack Fire Ants

One of the more painful encounters one can have in the southern United States is to be bitten by fire ants; their name describes the sensation quite well. The worst bites come from the invasive fire ant from South America, whose scientific name is Solenopsis invicta. Besides ruining many a picnic and camping trip, this aggressive insect is also responsible for about $6 billion a year in medical treatment costs and repairs to damaged electrical equipment. VOA's Greg Flakus went to Austin, Texas, to see what weapons researchers are developing to fight these tiny invaders.

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