Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) has been found Orange County and
the City of Cypress. RIFA is a serious public health pest
that will impact property values and affect how you use
and enjoy your property.
can you do:
you think you have RIFA, call 1 800 491-1899 to have a
sample taken and identified by State of California Department
of Food and Agriculture personnel. There is no fee for
this service and a representative can usually respond within
RIFA has been confirmed:
in the yellow pages under "nurseries" and call
them to see if they have an insecticide for red imported
fire ant that contains one of the following active ingredients:
order for the treatment to be effective it is critical
to eliminate the queen. These products accomplish this
goal but take time to affect the reproduction cycle of
the colony. Please be patient and follow the label directions
treatment must be made on a bright, sunny day (between
65 and 90 degrees).
· Do not water for at least 24 hours after treatment.
· Repeat the treatment three times at intervals of three months.
· Be sure to read and follow the label directions.
a pest control company and insist that they use a product
containing one of the ingredients above, following the
be completely effective all infested properties in a neighborhood
should be treated. It is important to encourage and coordinate
treatment activities with your neighbors.
For more information
on RIFA visit the California Department of Food and Agriculture
web site at http://cdfa.ca.gov
. You may acquire local fire ant information
by visiting the the
Orange County Vector Control District website at www.ocvcd.org.