Paul Nester

Paul Nester, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension

Paul R. Nester is an Extension Program Specialist in Integrated Pest Management, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. He is co-leader of the Imported Fire Ant eXtension Community of Practice. 

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Fire Ant Biology

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Ant stages
Ant developmental stages

Fire Ant Habitat

Imported fire ants, Solenopsis invicta and Solenopsis richteri (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), are social insects that usually produce hills or mounds in open areas where …

Natural Enemies of Fire Ants


Pseudacteon</em> spp.  phorid fly attacking fire ant.  Courtesy Sanford Porter, USDA-ARS.Classical or self-sustaining biological control is the use of imported natural enemies to suppress pests.

Self-sustaining biological control can be an effective and environmentally safe method to permanently control pests over wide areas.  As such, it is the basis …