Assessing Presence of Argentine Ants Using the Bait Method

Type: protocol

Article abstract: This protocol is geared towards recruiting Argentine ants to bait locations. Preferences for timing of sampling are recommended for optimizing collection of Argentine ants. Results from this type of bait study will not provide an accurate measure of what native ants are present, as many ants will not be attracted to the bait, may not be active during the baiting period, or will be competitively excluded once dominance over the bait is established.

Number of pages: 13

Authors: Matsuda, Tritia; Brehme, Cheryl; Fisher, Robert N.;

Year: 2015

Prepared by: U.S. Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center;

Keywords: ants; Invasive animals; urban edge;

Species: Argentine ant

Threats: Altered hydrology; Urban development; Invasive animals


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