Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Management strategies for the invasive ponerine ant, Pachycondyla chinensis (Emery) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Patricia A. Zungoli, pnzl@clemson.edu, Eric P. Benson, ebenson@clemson.edu, A. S. Tebeau, and Eric S. Paysen, epaysen@clemson.edu. Clemson University, Entomology, Soils, and Plant Sciences, 114 Long Hall, Clemson, SC

Pachycondyla chinensis (Emery), an invasive ponerine ant from Asia, was first reported in the U.S. over 70 years ago. However, it has reached pest status only in the past three years. Where it occurs, we have documented this ant as a dominant species in the forests and urban areas in northwestern South Carolina. It also poses a public-health threat due to its sting. We have documented a range of allergic reactions from mild local urticaria to anaphylaxis. Management strategies for P. chinensis have not been previously reported. The study we are presenting evaluates three management strategies for control of P. chinensis.

Species 1: Hymenoptera Formicidae Pachycondyla chinensis