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Research Project: Improving Fire Ant Bait Efficacy in Irrigated Landscapes in the Coachella Valley

Location: Imported Fire Ant and Household Insects Research

Project Number: 6036-32000-048-22-T
Project Type: Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jan 15, 2018
End Date: Mar 31, 2020

Objective:
1) Identify and/or develop an effective water resistant fire ant bait formulation or application method to improve the integrated pest management of red imported fire ants in the Coachella Valley, California. 2) Determine underlying reason(s) for purported ineffectiveness of fire ant bait when irrigated or rained upon soon after application.

Approach:
Lab assays will test selected granular fire ant baits for water-resistance and efficacy against fire ant colonies. Bait application methods (scattered vs piled and under irrigation) will be evaluated for fire ant control. Pending results of the outdoor tests, baits will be evaluated in field tests located in the Coachella Valley during year 2 with assistance from the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District (CVMVCD).