An Alluring Argentine Ant Attractant

Argentine Ant

Argentine Ant
Photo: Penarc

The Argentine Ant is an invasive pest of agricultural fields and urban dwellings, especially in California. Homeowners often rely on slow acting baits that are consumed by ant foragers and carried back to the nest. Once ants find and accept the bait, they will recruit additional foragers.

The effectiveness of the bait depends on both its acceptance  and the ability of ants to find the bait. In a recent study*, adding the trail pheromone of Argentine Ants, (Z)-9-hexadecenal to the bait both decreased the time needed for ants to find the bait and increased the numbers of ants arriving at the bait. The use of ant pheromone could make control using these baits more effective.

Kevin F. Welzel1 and Dong-Hwan Choe. Development of a Pheromone-Assisted Baiting Technique for Argentine Ants. Journal of Economic Entomology, 2016, 1–7.
doi: 10.1093/jee/tow015

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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