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PestNet is a network that helps people worldwide obtain rapid advice and information on crop protection, including the identification and management of plant pests. It started in 1999. Anyone with an interest in plant protection is welcome to join. PestNet is free and is moderated, ensuring that messages are confined to plant protection.
Pests > Pest Management > Chemical control > “Soft” insecticides > Termite and crazy ant control, Samoa
April 2016. A member wrote about an infestation of termites and ants. The infested area is coastal. An old open wooden house is heavily infested by termites and there is a high population of crazy ants nearby on the rocks in a reclaimed area; these are now moving into the houses and causing a nuisance. The problems stopped for sometimes (2-3 months) after spraying with ICON. Are there any other options?
Two options were suggested: (i) For the crazy ant, maintain a high standard of hygiene around the home. Remove food sources, scuh as kitchen wastes, fish scales, bones and sources of sugar. (ii) Fipronil baits. (iii) Spinosad (1ml/litre); 3 days later spray again.