LAFAYETTE, Ala. (AP) — Floating colonies of fire ants could form in flood waters as Tropical Storm Cindy trudges inland.
That’s the warning from Alabama state officials, who say the insects known as red imported fire ants can present a potentially serious health threat to people and animals during severe flooding.
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System said in a statement that the floating colonies may look like ribbons, streamers or a large ball of ants floating on the water.
They say the floating blobs contain all members of the colony, including worker ants, winged reproductive males and females, and queen ants.
The storm made landfall in southwestern Louisiana before dawn Thursday, bringing rain and the threat of flash flooding and tornadoes.