It’s a bugs life: fire ants wreaking havoc in B.C, including YVR
Vancouver - The invasive fire ant continues to spread in the Lower Mainland, wreaking havoc on Vancouver airport runways and forcing CP Rail to burn the soil on the Arbutus corridor in attempts to eradicate them.
March 20, 2015 By The Vancouver Sun
Last summer, several planes hit birds feeding on the fire ants at YVR, forcing a series of short runway closures.
And the pest problem is no longer confined to the common European fire ant.
It has branched out to include a lesser-known species dubbed the “impressive fire ant,” according to Thompson Rivers University entomologist Rob Higgins. | READ MORE