I have created the images for this video (edited with help of genius Dr Roberto Eizemberg) some years ago, to illustrate the context of one of my favourite papers. Maybe viewers from here would like to comment on it?
Some curiosities behind the ad: Formica rufa L. is a protected species in Switzerland, causing some activists to force the removal of the ad from online access. In turn, the protagonist in the video claims it is actually F. polyctena, which is not protected. What do readers think?
Let us see how much impact is generated by some facts I mention on this chapter!.. For instance, did you read the statement given by Bates
(1856) in his famous The Naturalist on the River Amazons, describing the problem with fire ants in the Brazilian Amazon? “This
species is exclusively found in sandy soils, in open semi-cultivated or
neglected places [where] they increase only in the neighbourhood of deserted
houses or unweeded plantations; consequently they are a scourge only to the
lazy and worthless people that inhabit the shores of this magnificent river.” – Poor fellow, he was unaware that, essentially 100 years later, these fire ants would become a
“scourge” to many different peoples around the planet! Curiously the specific passage seems to have been censored out without notice from present today's digital public copies of this book!!
Amazing documentary showing the use of dogs to help eradicate fire ant colonies. With one of those and some hot water with detergent one could very well get rid of fire ants over a large area with minimum impact and small workforce.