Search the Archive

Red Fire Ant Hazard #482917

NBC Evening News for Monday, May 26, 1975
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws. For any such use, please visit NBC NEWS Archives XPRESS.

(Studio) Red fire ants infest 10 different states; ant can kill.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Houston Cnty., Georgia) Central Georgia heavily infested. Fire ant builds mounds several foot high; not unusual to find newborn calf stung to death if born next to ant mound. [Farmer W.C. LANGSTON - says if child got into fire ant mound, it would be killed.] Fire ant venom more dangerous than bee or wasp stings. [Mrs. Margaret WEBB - says she was put in hosp. with red ant stings on her feet.] Since 1962, Agriculture Department has tried to limit spread of red ant with insecticide, myrex; Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz says program may have to be called off because of Environmental Protection Agency restrictions. [EPA Roy CLARK - says tests reveal myrex questionable product.] [Agriculture Department Eddie ELDER - says without fire ants, fishing and picnics would become part of life again.]
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff

Chancellor, John;
Woodruff, Judy

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.