Pest expert warns SoCal residents to watch out for fire ants

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - As winter melts into spring and residents spend more time outside, a pest management expert today warned people to keep a close eye out for red imported fire ant colonies on lawns, parks, playgrounds and golf courses in Riverside County and elsewhere in Southern California. The red imported fire ant arrived in California in 1989, and is now widespread in residential and commercial areas of Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, as well as adjoining areas of Los Angeles County, according to UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. True to their name, fire ants inflict painful, burning stings when they crawl onto people working, walking or resting on infested turf grass and other outdoor areas. For some people, fire ant bites and stings can lead to life-threatening a
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