The relative attractiveness of baits to Paratrechina longicornis (Latreille) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

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dc.contributor.author Stanley, Margaret en
dc.contributor.author Robinson, WA en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-01T01:55:29Z en
dc.date.issued 2007 en
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Economic Entomology100(2):509-516 Apr 2007 en
dc.identifier.issn 0022-0493 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/12402 en
dc.description.abstract Exotic ant incursions are becoming more frequent around the globe, and management with toxic baits is a suitable strategy for most species. Crazy ants, (Latreille) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), however, are notoriously difficult to attract to commercial baits, which are generally tailored to the preferences of fire ants. We tested P. longicornis preferences for various food types and commercial ant baits. Baits trialed were commercially available products Amdro, Maxforce, Xstinguish (nontoxic monitoring version), Presto, and tuna (in spring water), sugar water (25%), boric acid (1% in 25% sugar water), and deionized water. Tuna and Xstinguish, along with sugar water and sugar water + boric acid, were the most attractive baits to P. longicornis foragers. The granular baits (Maxforce, Amdro, and Presto) were not as attractive to P. longicornis foragers. A decrease in temperature from summer (30°C) to autumn (23°C) trials did not seem to affect the food preferences of P. longicornis. Although P. longicornis recruitment was substantially lower during trials where there was concurrent high native ant abundance and diversity, P. longicornis still recruited to preferred baits in numbers higher than any other species. Given that tuna is impractical for management programs, the effectiveness of boric acid, sweet liquid baits in eliminating P. longicornis colonies should be compared with that of the toxic version of Xstinguish. If both are effective at eliminating colonies, we recommend sweet liquid baits containing boric acid be used for small-scale incursions (one or two nests), but a more practicable solid bait, such as Xstinguish, be used for larger scale incursions (numerous nests) en
dc.publisher Entomological Society of America en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Economic Entomology en
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dc.title The relative attractiveness of baits to Paratrechina longicornis (Latreille) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1603/0022-0493(2007)100[509:RAOBTP]2.0.CO;2 en
pubs.issue 2 en
pubs.begin-page 509 en
pubs.volume 100 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Entomological Society of America en
dc.identifier.pmid 17461077 en
pubs.end-page 516 en
pubs.publication-status Published en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 113322 en
pubs.org-id Science en
pubs.org-id Biological Sciences en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2010-09-01 en
pubs.dimensions-id 17461077 en


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