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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE CONTROLS FOR THE SUPPRESSION OF THE INVASIVE CARIBBEAN CRAZY ANT (PARATRECHINA PUBENS) IN NATURAL & URBAN LANDSCAPES

Location: Imported Fire Ant and Household Insects

Project Number: 6036-32000-044-14
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Oct 01, 2010
End Date: Aug 31, 2013

Objective:
Develop or identify environmentally compatible chemical controls to provide immediate, effective management of the invasive Caribbean crazy ant (CCA), Paratrechina pubens, and conduct an initial search for biological organisms that could provide long-term, sustainable control of CCA.

Approach:
1) Identify/develop an ant bait formulation that CCA will distribute among multiple nest sites located beyond the bait application site. 2) Survey CCA populations for the presence of pathogens that can potentially be utilized as biological control agents for long term, sustainable suppression of CCA.

Last Modified: 12/20/2014
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