Fire Ant Quarantine Expanded to Graham, Halifax and Macon Counties

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Effective January 1, 2016 Graham, Halifax and Macon Counties will be added to the quarantine area for the imported fire ant. That will make a total of 74 of the 100 counties in NC under quarantine. Residents and business owners in quarantined counties must obtain a permit before moving plants, sod, soil, hay, straw, logs, pulpwood and related equipment into or through non-infested areas. Certificates can be obtained by contacting the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Plant Protection Section at 919-707-3730.

Imported fire ants were first identified in Brunswick County in 1957. They are an aggressive pest of farmlands, pastures, athletic fields and residential areas as well as a nuisance and a health concern to humans, livestock and wildlife.

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