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Development of a bait system for the Pharaoh’s Ant, Monomorium Pharaonis L. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)


Osae, MY and Cobblah, MA and Djankpa, FT and Lodoh, E and Botwe, PK, Development of a bait system for the Pharaoh's Ant, Monomorium Pharaonis L. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), West Africa Journal of Applied Ecology, 18 pp. 29-38. ISSN 0855-4307 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.4314/wajae.v18i1.70316


The infestation of the Pharaoh’s ant, Monomorium pharaonis L. is widespread and, sometimes, very serious in homes, hospitals, restaurants, factories, etc. People are helpless because effective baited traps are not available locally, and little has been done locally to develop effective control strategies for these ants. The study aimed at developing an appropriate bait system from local materials for the control of the Pharaoh’s ant. Nine baits and three insecticides were evaluated in the laboratory and field situations. Groundnut cake, dry fish and granulated sugar were the most attractive baits. Rimon (a Benzoylphenyl urea), an insect growth regulator, was the most promising insecticide for incorporation into the bait system. It is, therefore, recommended that a bait system, containing groundnut cake, sugar and dry fish, mixed with 1% Rimon, be evaluated for Pharaoh’s ant control.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:bait system, pharaoh's ant, Rimon, ant control
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Pollution and contamination
Research Field:Pollution and contamination not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments
UTAS Author:Botwe, PK (Mr Paul Botwe)
ID Code:110896
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2016-08-22
Last Modified:2016-09-12

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