- By Wilson P. Dizard III
- Dec 07, 2004
The federal government generally does not encourage programs to decapitate its enemies. The Agriculture Department, however, has introduced two species of fire ant-decapitating flies in the Southeast. Several federal agencies work to combat such invasive species as the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, which entered the country from South America. Because invasive plant and animal species cost the economy billions annually and menace public health and safety, the National Invasive Species Council operates invasivespecies.gov to share information about outbreaks and control methods.The portal includes links to databases about invasive species, to list servers about specific pests and to information available on CD-ROM. As for fire ants, the site describes even more bloodcurdling countermeasures Agriculture has in store for them.