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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Repellent for Ants
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Southeast Area

Patent Number: 6071973
Docket Number: 17394
Serial Number: 8798162
Date Patented: 06/06/2000

Agricultural Research Service

Date Issued:
June 6, 2000

The invention is aimed at various species of ants that pose significant economic and health problems to man. For example: 1) leaf-cutting ants are capable of defoliating a citrus tree overnight and destroying germinating seeds; 2) fire ants cause crop losses, damage to electrical and farm equipment, cause soil erosion and sting humans and livestock; and 3) species of foraging ants find and destroy capsules of parasitic wasps used by man as biological controls for other insects. The invention is designed to provide improved, nontoxic ant repellents based on formulations that consist of certain alcohols. The repellent could be combined with either a liquid or solid carrier, allowing it to be applied, for example, as a liquid spray, a powder and/or slow-release carrier.

Robert K. Vander Meer
Medical & Veterinary Laboratory
Gainesville, Florida 32608
(352) 374-5860 / Fax: (352) 374-5786
William A. Banks (retired)
Clifford S. Lofgren (retired)

Industry Keywords:
repellents specifically for ants, slow-release formulations, Solenopsis invicta, animal protection, crop protection, food storage area, food preparation area, home and garden areas

*c.i.p. 08/283,115, which is divisional of 07/925,685.
Last Modified: 10/1/2015