Insecticidal bacterial bait controls fire ants

Stephen J. Mattingly

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Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio invented a control agent for the red fire ant (Solenopsis invicta). The agent consists of insecticidal Rhodobacter capsulatus bacteria formulated with a food that acts as a bait for the ants. When formulations containing the bacterium mixed with milk and oat bran were applied to ant mounds, the insects carried particles of the formulations into their underground nests. Ingestion of the particles resulted in a 100% kill of the ants in the nest, including queens and larvae. The agent was also found to be effective against cockroaches and other insects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
Specialist publicationIndustrial Bioprocessing
StatePublished - Jun 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Organic Chemistry


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