Be Aware of Fire Ant Danger in the Park

Published 06/10 2014 04:51PM

Updated 06/10 2014 06:14PM

It is summer time and familiar dirt mounds are popping up next to side walks, in the grass and in play grounds. Some parents expressed concern today about their children's safety while other parents said, "Its just a part of summer."

City Park officials say they go out early in the morning to bait the ants with poison that way the ants will carry it back to their colonies and nip the problem in the bud. According to the National Park Service website, "Fire ant colonies can house up to 5,000 ants at one time."

Park officials say there is no way to completely do away with fire ants but it helps to take care of them as soon as possible. One park visitor, Natalie Morrison says that she isn't worried about the fire ants because she has seen enough of the big ants around." She also says, "Being a local I have learned that the big ants don't bite or sting and they eat fire ants."

While fire ants will always be around, the best defense is to watch where you step.

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