Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Applying Ant Bait:
The commercial ant baits available are designed to attract ants that feed on fats, oils and proteins and thus are effective for ant control in nut crops.  The baits will not attract sugar feeding ants, such as the Argentine Ant, which can be a problem when they feed on fresh fruit. We have observed these ants in the Candycot orchard so we are attempting to protect the fruit. We coated the ant bait with powdered sugar before spreading on the orchard floor so it will be attractive to the sugar-loving ants. The baits are slow acting so it will take a few weeks to know if this technique works.

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