Re: Fire Ants in DE
Posted by Jim Wilmington DE 7a on 5/23/2017, 4:52 pm, in reply to "Fire Ants in DE"
In Delaware, this gets - rightfully - a lot of media attention. |
From our main newspaper:
From our biggest radio station's site:
And archival story from 2015:
Seems it's always palm tree shipments. And I can understand why. When "houseplants" get shipped north, it's easier to screen the relatively small rootballs. And most of that stuff is grown in greenhouses anyway (even in Florida), minimizing fire ant involvement. But the palm trees we're talking about here are the big boys. Big rootballs, field-grown. It would be insane to expect there wouldn't be any fire ants hitching a ride.
Delaware gets this scare every other year or so. Been going on quite a while. So far, they haven't been able to really get established.
Few of the articles speculate on whether our Zone 7 continental climate is compatible with the fire ants. My guess is, seeing what states fire ants are in, they probably could take our milder winters in stride. It may take a 1980s type winter - or a series of them - to knock them out here should they ever get established.
Jim, Wilmington, DE, 7a
Last 30 Years Avg. Winter Low: 7.50F
Last 20 Years Avg. Winter Low: 8.35F
Last 10 Years Avg. Winter Low: 8.40F
Favorite Palms: Species: Phoenix Canariensis / Genus: Sabal