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Research Project: FY22 Developing Biological Control and other Safeguarding Tools to Manage Invasive Pests

Location: Imported Fire Ant and Household Insects Research

Project Number: 6036-32000-051-022-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Aug 1, 2022
End Date: Nov 30, 2023

To prevent the spread of imported fire ants in the USA by improving treatments of nursery stock used to maintain the Federal Imported Fire Ant Quarantine.

1) Determine an application rate for non-repellent insecticides that a) consistently eliminates imported fire ants from infested B&B root balls, and b) minimizes treatment cost. 2) Determine the residual efficacy of non-repellent insecticides to prevent migrating imported fire ant colonies from infesting B&B root balls. 3) Improve IFA treatment methods of B&B root balls in collaboration with the Tennessee State University, Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center (TSU) by conducting bioassays on female fire ant alates using soil samples from TSU studies, pending need and resources.