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Food preference and foraging activity of ants: recommendations for field applications of low-toxicity baits.

Nyamukondiwa C, Addison P - J. Insect Sci. (2014)

Bottom Line: We found that L. humile's vineyard foraging activity was high and that movement of ant bait by C. peringueyi and A. custodiens in the vineyard was relatively low.Consequently, more bait stations need to be dispensed for more effective control of C. peringueyi and A. custodiens than for L. humile.Thus, future bait formulations should be tailor made to suit these specific food requirements if baits are to be successful in ant pest management.

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Affiliation: Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Faculty of AgriSciences, Stellenbosch University, Private Bag X1, Matieland 7602, South Africa Present address: Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST). Private Bag BO 041 Bontleng, Gaborone, Botswana nyamukondiwac@biust.ac.bw.

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Average number Linepithema humile, Crematogaster peringueyi, and Anoplolepis custodiens on food baits over time in spring. Ant species were analyzed separately, and means with the same letter are not significantly different (bars represent ±95% CI). High quality figures are available online.
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f05_01: Average number Linepithema humile, Crematogaster peringueyi, and Anoplolepis custodiens on food baits over time in spring. Ant species were analyzed separately, and means with the same letter are not significantly different (bars represent ±95% CI). High quality figures are available online.

Mentions: Linepithema humile. Field trials revealed that treatment (baits) and time after bait deployment (measured in hours) were highly significant for this ant species (Table 4). Generally, L. humile was more attracted to sugarbased baits as opposed to protein-based baits. A 25% sugar solution was the most attractive bait and significantly differed from the rest of the treatments (Figure 4). Linepithema humile significantly preferred liquid baits (25% sugar water, honey, and agar) over solid baits (Figure 4). The number of foraging L. humile sigsignificantly increased with time (Figure 5).


Food preference and foraging activity of ants: recommendations for field applications of low-toxicity baits.

Nyamukondiwa C, Addison P - J. Insect Sci. (2014)

Average number Linepithema humile, Crematogaster peringueyi, and Anoplolepis custodiens on food baits over time in spring. Ant species were analyzed separately, and means with the same letter are not significantly different (bars represent ±95% CI). High quality figures are available online.
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f05_01: Average number Linepithema humile, Crematogaster peringueyi, and Anoplolepis custodiens on food baits over time in spring. Ant species were analyzed separately, and means with the same letter are not significantly different (bars represent ±95% CI). High quality figures are available online.
Mentions: Linepithema humile. Field trials revealed that treatment (baits) and time after bait deployment (measured in hours) were highly significant for this ant species (Table 4). Generally, L. humile was more attracted to sugarbased baits as opposed to protein-based baits. A 25% sugar solution was the most attractive bait and significantly differed from the rest of the treatments (Figure 4). Linepithema humile significantly preferred liquid baits (25% sugar water, honey, and agar) over solid baits (Figure 4). The number of foraging L. humile sigsignificantly increased with time (Figure 5).

Bottom Line: We found that L. humile's vineyard foraging activity was high and that movement of ant bait by C. peringueyi and A. custodiens in the vineyard was relatively low.Consequently, more bait stations need to be dispensed for more effective control of C. peringueyi and A. custodiens than for L. humile.Thus, future bait formulations should be tailor made to suit these specific food requirements if baits are to be successful in ant pest management.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Faculty of AgriSciences, Stellenbosch University, Private Bag X1, Matieland 7602, South Africa Present address: Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST). Private Bag BO 041 Bontleng, Gaborone, Botswana nyamukondiwac@biust.ac.bw.

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Related in: MedlinePlus