The Logan County Extension Office will be hosting two sessions of Fire Ant Field Day with UA Extension Entomologist Dr. Kelly Loftin today (April 19).

The first session will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Wood Street Park across from the high school in Paris. The second session will be at Marcelle Philips Park in Booneville, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Loftin will conduct a demonstration on an active mound and talk about the newest control methods as well as the life cycle and habits of this invasive pest and will also look at some mounds that were treated previously with different products.

Fire ants are reddish brown and range from 1/8” to 1/4” in length. In addition to their physical characteristics and aggressive swarming behavior, they are identified by their painful sting, which produces a small pustule, or white bump, on the victim within eight to 24 hours.

Fire ants have infested all parts of Logan County. Fire ants are serious pests, but their impact can be minimized through patience and integrated pest management methods.

For more information concerning the workshop, contact Bob Harper at the Extension office at 675-2787.