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Published in The Florida Entomologist, Vol. 73, No. 1 (Mar., 1990), pp. 190-193.


Recent developments in low-cost, large-scale production of entomogenous nematodes of the genera Steinernema and Heterorhabditis (Bedding 1984) have facilitated large- scale field testing against various soil-infesting insect pests (Kaya 1985, Poinar 1986), with good potential for commercial control in some applications. Early research by Poole (1976) and Quattlebaum (1980) showed promise that entomogenous nematodes have potential for controlling fire ants, Solenopsis spp. Furthemore, these nematodes have the ability to invade adult insects, and thus potential to kill fire ant queens. Agents which only kill worker ants do not effectively eliminate colonies, although they may temporarily reduce their size.

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