Tawny Crazy Ant Working Group
This group will research and set priorities for the tawny crazy ant, an invasive ant of the Southeastern United States. The tawny crazy ant is causing significant economic and environmental problems from Texas to Georgia. The pest is known to impact populations of native and non-native arthropods. From what is known about management of this ant, the best (and in some cases only) solution is pesticide sprays, usually containing fipronil or pyrethroids. These compounds have been shown to be surface water contaminants in California from attempts to control another invasive ant, the Argentine ant. Alternatives are needed.
The group will evaluate the current pest status of the tawny crazy ant and establish extension, research and regulatory priorities for integrated management of this pest. We plan to utilize the IT support from the SIPMC to track the spread of the pest. We hope to leverage funding for research and extension projects aimed at reducing the spread of tawny crazy ant and improving IPM tactics to reduce environmental impacts resulting from the amounts and types of pesticides currently used for suppression of this pest species.