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Sounds like the tightening of border security is working! You know how you can tell? Just count the dead bodies!
Via the AP:
Fire ants are showing up in greater numbers in coastal Virginia, much to the alarm of gardeners and farmers who dare disturb their nests.
"The way they bite, you would think they were the size of an alligator ... " said Carl Lohafer, a Virginia Beach resident who discovered colonies in his yard two years ago. "It was like a hot poker jabbing you."
Hopefully these nasty little beasts don't advance any further north...
Experts believe the ants will reach a northern point where the winter weather will stop their progress, perhaps Richmond or northern Virginia.
Learn more here.
UPDATED: Due to popular demand (well, at least one comment below, sort of) I am linking to the Top Ten Tips on Fighting Fire Ants (courtesy of AMDRO Fire Ant Baits)- check it out here. Enjoy!
...Folks will import stinkin' ducks, of all things:
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has quarantined eight Quebec poultry farms that recently imported live ducks and eggs from France, one of the latest countries hit by a deadly avian influenza virus.
Swab samples have been sent to Winnipeg for testing for the H5N1 avian influenza virus and results are expected within the next few days...
This sort of nullifies whatever advantages those two oceans might have given us.
Question: Don't we have all the ducks we need on this continent? You can go to just about any pond in the suburbs and find a gaggle or whatever, ripe for the taking, and they all seem like perfectly decent ducks. With the specter of pandemic looming, why tempt fate?
Silly QuÃ©bÃ©cois! You wanna buy a duck? Just bring a net and you can HAVE a bunch of ours. They're cute and the little kids love 'em.