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Posted by Gordon C. Snelling on June 24, 2002 at 17:40:43:
In Reply to: Re: fireants posted by Lester G. Milroy III on June 24, 2002 at 15:53:31:
You are right Lester
S. invicta is a nasty little begger, We do have that species here in California in a number of locations now, but the colonies get nowhere near the size as they do in the south or east. Our native S. xyloni or S. aurea has somewhat populous colonies but with nowhere near the aggression as invicta. S. aurea seems to be esp. docile well docile for a fireant is relative I guess. For our species here in California I use an aspirator for any collections I have to make of those species. I know of one company that sells small "dust buster" vacs specially fitted out for collecting small insects and something of that sort might work as well but I have never tried it, being satisfied with my aspirators. But I agree S. invicta is not an ant to be messed with.
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