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Imported Fire Ant Movement in Tennessee

Imported Fire AntThe Beekeepers, who have registered their apiaries with TDA, in Tennessee counties that were quarantined for imported fire ants or adjacent to quarantined counties were sent a letter.  The letter stated that beehives should be inspected for imported fire ants prior to movement and no ants should be moved with the hives (or any other items in contact with the ground) from quarantined areas to non-quarantined areas.  A USDA booklet “Beekeepers 2006:  Don’t Transport Imported Fire Ants” was included with the letter.  Copies of the booklet can be obtained from this office.