Invasive Ant Management
Invasive ant management has evolved greatly in the last century. Today, the greatest improvement will come from a shift from reactive to proactive management. A relatively generic five phase management framework can be used to guide decisions and actions to ensure success. The pre‐emptive phase includes pest risk analyses that help either avoid an incursion, or prepare for a rapid response should an incursion occur. The scoping phase brings together all information required to determine the best management option. The treatment phase undertakes tasks required to achieve the management goal. The post‐treatment monitoring phase provides quantifiable measures that indicate progress toward the management goal. Finally the program completion phase provides the opportunity to inform land managers of lessons learnt in order to improve ant management globally. Future successes in invasive ant management will be aided by the publication of the details of management programs, successful or otherwise.
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