Fire Ant-Detecting Canines: A Complementary Method in Detecting Red Imported Fire Ants

  title={Fire Ant-Detecting Canines: A Complementary Method in Detecting Red Imported Fire Ants},
  author={Huimin Lin and Wei-Lien Chi and Chung-Chi Lin and Yu-Ching Tseng and Wang-Ting Chen and Yu-Ling Kung and Y Y Lien and Yang-Yuan Chen},
  booktitle={Journal of economic entomology},
ABSTRACT In this investigation, detection dogs are trained and used in identifying red imported fire ants, Solenopsis invicta Buren, and their nests. The methodology could assist in reducing the frequency and scope of chemical treatments for red imported fire ant management and thus reduce labor costs and chemical use as well as improve control and quarantine efficiency. Three dogs previously trained for customs quarantine were retrained to detect the scents of red imported fire ants. After… 
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