STP875

    Development of Toxic Baits for Control of Imported Fire Ants

    Published: Jan 1985


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    Abstract

    Toxic baits for control of the red and black imported fire ants, Solenopsis invicta Buren and S. richteri Forel, respectively, were developed by incorporating an effective toxicant into a liquid food material and absorbing this into a granular carrier for distribution in the field. Screening tests with worker ants and laboratory colonies showed that of more than 4400 chemicals tested only three primary toxicants and four insect growth regulators demonstrated promise for control of field populations of the fire ants. Effective bait formulations that gave good control of the ants were produced by incorporating the amidinohydrazone toxicant, AC-217300, or the insect growth regulator, Prodrone, into soybean oil and impregnating the oil solution onto pregel defatted corn grits.

    Keywords:

    imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, Solenopsis richteri, toxic baits, chemical control, formulations, toxicants, granular carriers, food attractants


    Author Information:

    Banks, WA
    Insects Affecting Man and Animals Research Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Gainesville, FL

    Lofgren, CS
    Insects Affecting Man and Animals Research Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Gainesville, FL

    Williams, DF
    Insects Affecting Man and Animals Research Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Gainesville, FL


    Paper ID: STP32869S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E35.22

    DOI: 10.1520/STP32869S


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