Florida Entomologist (2015) 98, 451-455

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Michelle P. Montgomery, Cas Vanderwoude and A. Jasmyn J. Lynch (2015)
Palatability of baits containing (S)-methoprene to Wasmannia auropunctata (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Florida Entomologist 98 (2), 451-455
Abstract: Wasmannia auropunctata Roger (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), little fire ant, is recognized as a serious pest ant species that affects agriculture, homes, gardens, and natural ecosystems in Hawaii, USA, and elsewhere. Anecdotal evidence suggests that insecticidal baits containing (S)-methoprene are not effective against this species. We examined whether W. auropunctata is repelled by bait formulations containing this compound and whether the addition of torula yeast (Candida utilis Lodder; Saccharomycetales: Saccharomycetaceae) increased palatability of these baits. Wasmannia auropunctata was found to be repelled by (S)-methoprene concentrations as low as 0.25% regardless of formulation. The addition of torula yeast (3% by weight) significantly increased worker recruitment to baits with and without (S)-methoprene. Our results indicate bait formulations using (S)-methoprene are likely to offer poor efficacy against Wasmannia auropunctata without the addition of a feeding stimulant such as torula yeast due to repellency of the active ingredient.
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Database assignments for author(s): Michelle P. Montgomery

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
pheromones/attractants/traps
control - general


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Wasmannia auropunctata U.S.A. (Hawaii)