Session on fire ants scheduled

TRU professor hosting presentation on invasive insect

Session on fire ants scheduled

As part of Invasive Species Action Month, the Fraser Valley Invasive Plant Council will host Dr. Rob Higgins from Thompson Rivers University who will be providing a public information session on the European fire ant (Myrmica rubra).

This is an invasive ant that has been found in many locations in Chilliwack, and is suspected to be in other locations in the Fraser Valley.

The European fire ant is an aggressive species of ant that swarms and bites when nests are disturbed, rendering backyards and parks where the ant is nesting unusable.These ants also cause ecological damage as they displace native ant species, and increase aphid densities.

Higgins will present information on European fire ant biology and impact and, most importantly, how to control these stinging pests.

The presentation takes place Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at The Reach Gallery Museum, 32388 Veterans Way.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Jeanne Hughes at fvipc@shaw.ca or call/text 604-615-9333.