NBC Evening News for Monday, May 26, 1975
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(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
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