|Ant Issues Newsletter|
|Red Imported Fire Ants|
Leafcutting ants are primarily a tropical group, but three species occur in the southern United States.
Imported fire ants inflict painful stings and create unsightly mounds in our landscapes, and most of us would be happier if they weren’t around.
Recommendations for control of town ants.
This interactive and fun quiz will challenge your knowledge of Red Imported Fire Ants.
Summarizes the spread of the Nylanderia fulva, hairy crazy ant, across the southern U.S. and the confusing proliferation of common and scientific names used for it.
Nearly once per week I am asked to identify an ant that is suspected to be a Rasberry Crazy Ant. Recent requests have come from Lake Charles, Port Allen, Plaquemine, Cameron, Livingston, East Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes. At this time, none of the suspected ants were the pest that has plagued southeastern Texas. According to Tom Rasberry, the ants are poised to move into Louisiana and are in adjacent Texas counties.
Map showing parishes that have a spreader available for use in area wide application of fire ant baits. Listing of locations by parish that have implemented the area wide program.
Fire ants may be an indoor problem during the dry season as they search for water and food. The mounds move below the surface but they will still forage for food during the cooler times of the day.
Properly identifying the ant species is the first step in determining whether and how to control them. In this publication there are options for managing various kinds of imported fire ant problems.
All fire ant baits work very well when applied according to the label instructions. The way a fire ant bait works depends on the active ingredient in the bait.
Argentine ants have been reported in a few isolated areas in Louisiana. These ants are different from fire ants in appearance, nesting habits and behavior. These differences make control efforts different as well.
This is the first issue of a newsletter intended to communicate new information and recommendations for fire ant management and other ant problems in Louisiana. This issue focuses on current methods for community-wide fire ant control.
Linepithema humile (Mayr), the Argentine ant, is an important invasive species that has great impact on agriculture, urban and natural environments worldwide. This poster discusses the basic nest biology and structure of the Argentine Ants.
This poster discusses natural feeding preferences, adapted feeding preferences and feeding strategies of the Argentine Ant.
This poster addresses where Argentine Ants are found in Louisiana, as well as cost-effective ways to control them.
This poster discusses background of Argentine Ants, baits that are cheap and effective for indoor use, and outdoor ant control.
Stepping outdoors was like being under attack for one homeowner. Fire ants were everywhere in her yard. Her sister’s pasture also was under siege. So they turned to an LSU AgCenter entomologist for help. (Runtime: 1 minute, 47 seconds)
The red imported fire ant, a Louisiana resident since the early 1950s, can be a painful pest or a beneficial friend. Depending on your situation, you may want to manage these ants or simply let them go about their helpful way. Eradication vs. management of the fire ant is discussed in this fact sheet. (PDF Format Only)
A Southern IPM Center publication. When choosing a broadcast bait to control imported fire ants, consumers and professional pesticide applicators face a confusing array of brand names and active ingredients with varying product performances. This guide addresses common concerns about broadcast baits to help consumers and professionals choose products that best fit their needs and situations. (PDF Format Only)
Ants range from mildly irritating to highly annoying. Knowing the species, its biology and potential control methods can help you manage them. This is a useful reference for pest management professionals, extension personnel and homeowners. A key to ants, color photographs, diagrams and a glossary are included. Spiral-bound copies are available for $12.50 each. To purchase using a major credit card, click on "order publication."
The Argentine ant, an exotic species brought to New Orleans from South America in the late 1800s, is found throughout the state after being transported in nursery stock and by cars, boats and RVs. Their huge colonies, with millions of workers and hundreds of queens, extend for miles. Identifying characteristics, areawide management and cultural controls incuded. (PDF Format Only)