1. Tiny parasitic fly (Pseudacteon tricuspus
) is a parasite of the fire ant that originates from Brazil. A female fly stings and deposits her eggs inside the ant's body. As the maggot grows, it feeds, beheads, and stays in the ant's head to complete its development (Brenner, 1999).
- Some human beings
Management and cultural practices
- Plow the field to destroy the ant colony and expose it to predators. Removal of weeds with a plow also disturbs the ants' activities and their
- Increase the seeding/seedling rate. This practice turns out cheaper than with the use of insecticide.
- Control mealybug, aphid, whitefly, and other insects that excrete honeydew. The ants are likely to be found in plants infested by these insects because they protect them for their food.