The Rasberry crazy ant is causing major problems for PMPs in 14 counties in Texas, including two that border Louisiana, but help is on the way thanks to a seminar being sponsored by BASF Pest Control Solutions in Houston this week.
ST. LOUIS, MO. – The Rasberry crazy ant is causing major problems for PMPs in 14 counties in Texas, including two that border Louisiana, but help is on the way according to BASF Pest Control Solutions, thanks to a FIFRA Section 18 Quarantine Exemption for Termidor SC.
To educate PMPs about the Exemption, as well as update them on the latest Rasberry ant research, BASF is sponsoring a half-day seminar in Houston on Thursday, June 24. The seminar will be held at the Hilton Houston Hobby Airport from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. The event is free, but space is limited so PMPs should register early, according to BASF.
The Rasberry crazy ant, Nylanderia sp. near pubens, is an invasive species that was discovered in Harris County, Texas in 2002 by veteran PCO Tom Rasberry. The 1/8-inch, reddish-brown ant is similar in appearance to the Caribbean crazy ant. Characterized by very large colonies, this aggressive ant species has displaced red imported fire ants in some areas and has caused short circuits in traffic signals, control panels, air conditioning units and other electrical equipment. “They can be very damaging insects,” observed Dr. Bob Davis, market development specialist, BASF Pest Control Solutions, one of the organizers of the program.
Seminar speakers include Tom Rasberry, who will provide an overview of “real-world” treatment options and how to interact with customers about this rapidly-expanding pest, and Dr. Jason Meyers, market development specialist, BASF Pest Control Solutions, who will discuss the biology and behavior of this pest, as well as how to properly identify Rasberry crazy ants. Meyers, who studied Rasberry crazy ants in the field while a graduate student at Texas A&M University, said he was “blessed” to work with this intriguing insect as a college student. “It was quite the experience. Our goal in hosting this seminar is to offer PMPs tangible solutions for controlling this pest.”
Jim Quintanilla of the Texas Department of Agriculture and Danny McDonald of Texas A&M University also are scheduled to speak, in addition to Dr. Bob Davis, who will wrap-up the event by providing an overview of the Section 18 Quarantine Label and other BASF-related control options including Phantom SC Termiticide-Insecticide and Pressurized Insecticide; Prescription Treatment Advance Granular Baits; and Prescription Treatment Cy-Kick CS Controlled Release Cyfluthrin.
All attendees must register in advance for the event either through BASF’s Web site at www.PestControl.basf.us or by calling 800/777-8570, extension 4276.