I'm sure they did spread things around but nothing that was already there. Fire Ants? no they are tropical, you'll only find them in places you'd find Killer Bees. On top of that Fire ants need an open environment free of native species to get started. They do awful out in the woods where there's a verity of native ants. This is why you really only find Fire ants in grass land.
We have Fire ants here in East TN. We are not tropical nor are we grass lands. They live quite well in the forest here. I have been deer hunting and walked up on a fire ant mount in the middle of the woodshttp://www.state.tn.us/agriculture/regulate/plants/ifa.html
IMO I feel it might lay in the bee feed, HFCS, and Chemicals.
I would like to see a chart that shows beekeepers that lost hives and how they kept bees some thing like the following
pollen sub yes no brand, amount, dry pattie other_____, feeding at time of loss
HFSC yes no brand, amount, type HFCS-42 HFCS-55, Feeding at time of loss
Sugar yes no brand, amount , dry or as sugar ware mix 2:1, 1:1, other , feeding at time of loss
Chems yes no brand, amount, when applyed, when removed , chems on at time of loss
I would like to see facts
BeeKeepers might be makeing a death concoction and feeding to the bees and just dont know it yet.
This is why I have started following Mr. Bush and Dee Lusbys work.