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Control of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, in traffic signal control cabinets (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Sociobiology 19(2): 309-322

Control of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, in traffic signal control cabinets (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Solenopsis invicta causes numerous problems, including the invasion of traffic signal control cabinets. Ants remove insulation from wires and bridge terminal blocks, causing shorted circuits. They enter mechanical switches and cause malfunction by interfering with the action of the switches. These are especially serious problems as the components in cabinets control traffic signal lights at intersections (see W.P. MacKay et al. (1989) Prevention of fire ant damage to signal control.

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