Preliminary Field Tests on the Suitability of Amdro and Distance in Ant Bait Container for Control of the Big-Headed Ant, Pheidole megacephala (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Taniguchi, Glenn Y.
Ota, Asher K.
Kawate, Michael K.
Rohrbach, Kenneth G.
Uchida, Grant K.
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Hawaiian Entomological Society
Studies were conducted to (1) select a suitable brand of bait container for use in the control of big-headed ant in an agricultural situations, (2) determine the short-term effects environmental conditions on the potency of Amdro in a suitable bait container, and (3) to compare the effectiveness under field conditions of various spacings of bait containers using Distance and Amdro in sequence. Perimeter Patrol System bait container was selected as the most suitable for field use based on the capacity to contain sufficient amounts of Amdro, lower cost, smaller size, low profile shape, and ease of handling. Potency of Amdro was retained in the Perimeter Patrol System container for a period of twelve weeks. Bait containers spaced at 15.24 m apart in a field plot had the best control compared with 7.62 and 30.48 m spacings.
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Pheidole megacephala, insect control, baits, baiting, hydramethylnon, containers, insect traps, spatial distribution, environmental factors, pesticide persistence, degradation, field experimentation, Hawaii
Taniguchi GY, Ota AK, Kawate MK, Rohrbach KG, Uchida GK. 2003. Preliminary field tests on the suitability of Amdro and Distance in ant bait container for control of the big-headed ant, Pheidole megacephala (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Proc Hawaiian Entomol Soc 36:129–133.
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