Invasive Species Control
Red imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invictus) are an invasive species that can cause severe destruction to critical habitat in and around caves containing endangered and threatened species. Consequently the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recommends treating for the Red imported Fire Ant around caves containing listed species. Because the caves that we treat around contain rare or listed karst invertebrates, pesticide application is not an option for controlling these invasive species.We perform this treatment using near boiling water delivered from a trailer-mounted water heater or heated on site with burners. The hot water is applied to the mounds which are excavated layer-by-layer and repeatedly doused until the bottom of the mound is reached. Performing theses treatments allows our clients to stay in compliance with permitting requirements for federally listed species.