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  1. #1
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    Default Asian needle ants displacing argentinian ants - seen any in the bee yards?

    According to today's NYT the Asian Needle ant has been steadily displacing the Argentinian ant, and "Asian ants are thought to have come to North America in the 1930's and have since spread to Alabama, New York, Oregon and Virginia, among other states." These ants can give venomous stings that can cause weeks of burning and itching. Has anyone come across these in their beeyards? Let's see if we can not mention Neonic's or Russell Apiaries in this thread. Please.

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    Default Re: Asian needle ants displacing argentinian ants - seen any in the bee yards?

    Adrian, you are a hoot. I have
    seen nothing of the kind here in Southeastern WI.

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    Default Re: Asian needle ants displacing argentinian ants - seen any in the bee yards?

    I'd like to drop a grenade in that Russell thread. Sixteen pages of fun!
    Last edited by tefer2; 02-26-2013 at 08:59 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Default Re: Asian needle ants displacing argentinian ants - seen any in the bee yards?

    Didn't take long to mention the R word did it? What a crazy thread.

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    Default Re: Asian needle ants displacing argentinian ants - seen any in the bee yards?

    Argentine ants are a pain. Wouldn't mind them getting displaced by something, what are these needle ants like towards bees?
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

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    Default Re: Asian needle ants displacing argentinian ants - seen any in the bee yards?

    Oldtimer, I was curious as well.

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    Default Re: Asian needle ants displacing argentinian ants - seen any in the bee yards?

    in case you are interested in the article
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/sc...fb-share&_r=1&
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

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    Default Re: Asian needle ants displacing argentinian ants - seen any in the bee yards?

    Thanks for the article. Yikes, they look pretty nasty!!
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

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