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Thanks to support from the Alabama Legislature and the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, we have completed the 13th year of the phorid fly program in Alabama. Four species of phorid fly have been released in 17 counties as of 2009.
Thanks to support from the Alabama Legislature and the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, we have completed the 12th year of the phorid fly program in Alabama. Four species of phorid fly have been released in 17 counties as of September 2008
This past summer, Wilcox County became the first site in the United States to have three species of phorid fly established in one place, and also the only place in the country where the Pseudacteon litoralis species has been recovered.
Two fly releases were conducted in 2006 in Mobile and Franklin county. The Alabama Fire Ant Management Program hosted the 2006 Imported Fire Ant Conference in Mobile, Alabama, in March.
The release of P. curvatus in Talladega county was the first successful release of this species in the United States. Research continued into the physiology of imported fire ants.
In 2004, two species of phorid flies had been introduced into 12 counties in Alabama. Pseudactwon trisuspis had established in southern Alabama and P. curvatus had established in northern Alabama.
In 2003, phorid flies were released in Marengo and Barbour counties. Three years after the initial release, the Macon County flies had spread 30 miiles, reaching the AL/GA state line.
In 2002, two species of phorid flies had been introduced into 7 counties in Alabama. Our research team tackeled questions such as "Does Cotton Aphid Tending By Fire Ants Lead to Cotton Aphid Outbreaks?"
In 2001, phorid flies were released in Lowndes County. Educational programs were designed for public use that included the information on the biology of the fire ant that is needed to properly design a control strategy for a local area.
The second year of the Alabama Fire Ant Management Program saw the release of two biological control agents: a phorid fly and a microsporidian .
The Alabama Fire Ant Management Project was started in 1999. The goal of this program was to develop long-term management programs that would make fire ants easier to live with and to disseminate this information to residents of Alabama.
Last Updated: March 28, 2013