Public Works Department
Orange County Fire Ant Authority Update
The Orange County Fire Ant Authority is now part of the Orange County Vector Control District (OCVCD) and is involved in a countywide eradication effort that is dependent on a citizen based detection program.The combination of a very effective first year of treatment for the OCFAA and a normal seasonal reduction in ant activity may have some people thinking they can relax, this is not true. Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) activity is on the rise; increased activity results in an increased likelihood of painful human and Fire Ant interaction.
The Orange County Vector Control District is asking Cypress residents to keep an eye out for fire ants, and to contact (714) 971-2421 when they find any suspected fire ants. The Fire Ant Authority has an excellent record of prompt response and they anticipate still being on hand to treat any reported nests in less than 48 hours. The Orange County Vector Control District protocol calls for treating not only the property that prompted the call, but also treat the surrounding neighborhood. This extended treatment area includes both public and private properties and is critical to actually killing ants as opposed to merely moving them around. Since the Orange County Vector Control District treat at no charge, it does not have to negotiate price or wait for a service contract from a half a dozen different property owners. With about 700,000 parcels in the county, the Orange County Vector Control District will not be able to complete our task with out help from the community.
Residents can assist the Orange County Vector Control District in getting the word out by notifying their neighbors that the war is far from over, and that they need to keep reporting ant finds. Another area where you can help is by telling your neighbor how to report Fire Ants. Tell them that the best way to report a suspicious ant colony is to call (714) 971-2421.
Visit the Orange County Vector Control District website at www.ocvcd.org