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Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute, Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan--Research units-Applied Zoology Division-Small Insect Pest Laboratory-Achievements

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Control the effective product of the ant - Panther fire ant bait

    Solenopsis invicta (Red imported fire ant) is listed as one of the World’s top 100 imported pests which may attack people, animals and plants, cause damages to industrial and business facilities and destroy ecological environment. It was first found in Taiwan in October 2003. The Agricultural Research Institute (ARI) soon launched a research project to develop fire ant baits. The fire ant bait developped by ARI has been proven to have a slow killing effect. Since the fire ant has trophalaxis habit, chances to kill queen and disintegrate the ant nest is prominent. This bait has the advantages of non toxic to human and animals, low cost, and is able to apply with the spraying equipments. It greatly reduce the control cost, and raise the control efficiency. This bait has already registered and obtained the license from the ROC Environmental Protection Administration in March 2006. Commercial products are now available and has been adopted by government agencies and general customers for fire ants control.

A large number of fire ants are feeding on the baits.
A large number of fire ants are feeding on the baits.
Fire ants carry the bait into ant nest.
Fire ants carry the bait into ant nest.
The formula of fire ant bait.
The formula of fire ant bait.