red imported fire ants

Red fire ants could be hitching a ride to Missouri

Sep 17, 2012
Eric Durban / Harvest Public Media

Missouri livestock producers are looking beyond the Show Me State’s borders for hay, and many are buying it from southern states where red imported fire ants are prevalent.

The stinging insects are known to hitch rides on hay bales, and that makes some agriculture officials nervous.

Red imported fire ants are originally from South America, but are now found throughout the south.