NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The extreme heat in North Texas has resulted in one good side effect — there are fewer fire ants.
Dr. Mike Merchant, with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, part of the Texas A&M System, says the pests are hunkered down in the ground where the temperature is cooler.READ MORE: Arlington Native Maren Morris Wins Female Artist Of The Year At ACM Awards
“A typical fire ant mound will go one to three feet down in the soil,” explained Merchant. “So, now they’re probably down at the two to three foot level.”READ MORE: Fort Worth Officer Fatally Shoots Armed Attempted Carjacking Suspect, Chief Says
Typically fire ants build their mounds right after a rain and they like to build them when temperatures are in the 50’s and 60’s.
Despite the heat and drought, some people are still seeing mosquitoes, but the numbers are down as breeding sites are drying up.MORE NEWS: Authorities: No One In Driver's Seat Of Tesla Before Crash That Killed 2 In Texas
But Merchant says it’s important to keep in mind that the mosquitoes that transmit the West Nile Virus are more active this time of year.