Eradication costs calculated: Red imported fire ants threaten agriculture, wildlife and homes

  title={Eradication costs calculated: Red imported fire ants threaten agriculture, wildlife and homes},
  author={Karen M. Jetter and Jay Hamilton and John H. Klotz},
  journal={California Agriculture},
The red imported fire ant, a pest newly introduced into California, threatens households, agriculture and wildlife. This study estimates the costs and benefits of a public program to eradicate the ants. The results show that almost all agricultural activities would be affected should the ants become established; however, households would incur the majority of costs. The total estimated cost if red imported fire ants become established would be between $387 million and $989 million per year in… 

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