Improving antsurveillance trap design to reduce competitive exclusion


  • L.D. Stringer
  • D.M. Suckling
  • L.T.W. Mattson
  • L.R. Peacock



The National Invasive Ant Surveillance is conducted annually around ports and other highrisk areas to detect new ant incursions into New Zealand Currently nonsticky foodbaited vials are used to trap ants The ability of a sticky bait trap to trap multiple ant species at baits was tested under the hypothesis that a sticky trap would reduce the role of competitive exclusion at food sources a drawback of food baiting Furthermore the role of food type sugar protein and a combination of both foods on ant catch was examined Although only 4 of traps caught multiple species this incidence was five times greater in the stickybait than foodonly vials The combined food source traps caught ants more often than the single food source traps The refinement of ant monitoring traps will aid surveillance managers in the future




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Stringer, L., Suckling, D., Mattson, L. and Peacock, L. 2010. Improving antsurveillance trap design to reduce competitive exclusion. New Zealand Plant Protection. 63, (Aug. 2010), 248–253. DOI:




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