Pest Test Issue 57 June & July 2018

Read through our special article sponsored by Syngenta: ‘Keeping garden ants out where they belong’ (pages 22-23) and answer these questions:

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1: How long can a garden ant queen live?
Three months Two years
Twelve months Longer than five years
2: What is meant by trophallaxis?
Sharing food amongst the colony Working together to carry food to the nest
Orienting towards daylight Orienting towards food
3: How do garden ants communicate a new food source to other foraging ants?
By sound By a pheromone trail from the food source
By physically leading them to the food source By an orientating ‘dance’ similar to honey bees
4: Why are contact insecticides not an effective solution in eradicating black ants’ nests?
They are effective The insecticide does not get to and kill the queen
The insecticide is not sufficiently residual Ants can detect and avoid contact insecticides
5: How does indoxacarb kill ants?
It abrades the ant’s exoskeleton and it dies of dehydration It prevents the queen from laying viable eggs
It disrupts the ant’s nervous system It blocks the ant’s spiracles preventing it from getting sufficient oxygen
6: What is bioactivation?
When a vertebrate enzyme activates indoxacarb The process that improves indoxacarb’s palatability
When oxygen activates indoxocarb When an insect enzyme activates the indoxacarb



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