Participant__Joe MacGown_____ Institution/Agency Mississippi State University
1) What is the pest status of the tawny crazy ant in your state/area (acres, counties, is it a problem yet)?
Yes, the tawny crazy ant is currently a pest in three Mississippi counties, all coastal: Hancock, Harrison, and Jackon.
2) What stakeholders are affected by the tawny crazy ant in your state/area?
At this time in Mississippi, homeowners have mostly been affected.
3) What stakeholders could be potentially affected in the near future?
Home-owners, businesses such as restaurants, hospitals, nurseries, any business with electronic products (really any business), natureal resource personal at state and federal lands, etc.
4) List any stakeholders or groups that you have worked with or made presentations to on tawny crazy ants.
I have been interviewed and/or have had my images used by numerous television, radio, magazine, newspaper, and online media outlets about Tawny Crazy Ants at local, regional, national, and international levels including such media outlets as Fox News, CNN News, ABC news, NBC news, CBS News, Animal Planet (featured on a segment of "Infested), Scientific America, New York Daily News, University of Texas at Austin News, Atlanta Magazine, Huffington Post, WXIA-TV, WTOP, PCT Magazine, CNET News, Science News, Reuters, Smithsonian Magazine, Weekly World News, Turf Magazine, and many others (stories picked up by thousands of newspaper and online sites).
I have presented info about crazy ants to researchers from Sam Houston University for a potential collaborative project (not funded), 2011; Mississippi State University at Mississippi Entomological Association Conference (2011); Havard Pest Control (Jackson Co., MS), 2010; and numerous individuals via email or phone.
5) If you have past research or demonstration projects that you have conducted on this pest, list anywhere this work has been shared (journal articles, extension publications, presentations, web pages, meetings, etc).
Gochnour, B. J. A. MacGown, and D. R. Suitor. 2015. The Tawny crazy ant, Nylanderia fulva, in Georgia. UGA-CAES Extension Circular No. 1064 – March 2015: pp. 1-4. MacGown, J. A. and R. L. Brown. 2015. Invasive ants of the southeastern United States. Midsouth Entomologist, Abstracts of the 61st Annual Conference of the Mississippi Entomological Association, October 20-21, 2014. Midsouth Entomologist 8: 49. R.L. Brown and J.A. MacGown. 2014. Invasive ants in Alabama. Alabama Plant Protection Inspectors Meeting, Montgomery, AL. Dec. 10, 2014.
MacGown, J. A., H. Richter, and R. L. Brown. 2013. Notes and new distributional records of invasive ants in the southeastern United States. Midsouth Entomologist 6(2):104-120. MacGown, J. A. and B. Layton. 2012. Spread of the invasive hairy crazy ant, Nylanderia pubens(Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the United States. In Program and Abstracts of the 56th annual Conference of the Mississippi Entomological Association, October 24–25, 2011 (eds. C. Peterson and K. Edwards). Midsouth Entomologist 5 (1): 19 Coblentz, B. [MacGown, J. A]. 2011. Family, Youth & Consumer News: Routine Pest Checking Found Hairy Crazy Ants. Mississippi State University, Office of Agricultural Communications. Online at: http://msucares.com/news/print/fcenews/fce11/111020.html Layton, M. B. and J. A. MacGown. 2011. Indoor pest ants of Mississippi. Mississippi Pest Control Association Meeting, Mississippi State University, 19-20 Jan. 2011. Layton, B. and J. A. MacGown. 2011. Possible Control Options for Hairy Crazy Ants, Nylanderia pubens. Mississippi Entomological Association Annual Meeting, 24-25 October 2011. [presentation] MacGown, J. A. 2011. Tawny Crazy Ants Invade Mississippi. Video, online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSwlfUXeEwU. [Over 186,000 views]. MacGown, J. A. and B. Layton. 2011. Spread of the Invasive Hairy Crazy Ant, Nylanderia pubens (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), in the United States. Mississippi Entomological Association Annual Meeting, 24-25 October 2011. [poster]
MacGown, J. A. 2011. Invasive ants of the southeastern United States. Invasive Species Planning Meeting, Mississippi State University, 7 April 2011. MacGown, J. A. 2011. Tawny Crazy in Mississippi. Video, online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1fX-weq3eE. [About 10,000 views]. MacGown, J. A. and B. Layton. 2010. The invasive Rasberry crazy ant, Nylanderia sp. near pubens(Hymenoptera: Formicidae), reported from Mississippi (available online at:http://midsouthentomologist.org.msstate.edu/Volume3/Vol3_1_html_files/vol3_1_008.htm). Midsouth Entomologist 3 (1) 44-47.
MacGown, J. A., R. L. Brown, and J. G. Hill. 2010. Invasive and other exotic ants in Mississippi. Program and Abstracts of the 56th Annual Conference of the Mississippi Entomological Association, October 27–28, 2009.Midsouth Entomologist Vol. 3: 1: 63-64.
Layton, M. B. and J. A. MacGown. 2009. Common Indoor Pest Ants in Mississippi. Flyer handed out to Mississippi Pest Control Association Summer Technician Meeting in Raymond, Mississippi. 26 August 2009.
MacGown, J. A., R. L. Brown, and J. G. Hill. 2009. Invasive and other exotic ants in Mississippi. Annual Imported Fire Ant Conference, 6-9 April 2009, Oklahoma City, OK
MacGown, J. A., R. L. Brown, and J. G. Hill. 2009. Invasive and other exotic ants in Mississippi. Mississippi Entomological Association Meeting, 27-28 October 2009, Mississippi State, MS. (poster) MacGown, J. A. 2009. Ants (Formicidae) of the Southeastern United States: Nylanderia fulva. Online at: http://www.mississippientomologicalmuseum.org.msstate.edu/Researchtaxapages/Formicidaepages/genericpages/Nylanderia_fulva.htm. MacGown, J. A. 2009. Ants (Formicidae) of the Southeastern United States: Online at: http://www.mississippientomologicalmuseum.org.msstate.edu/Researchtaxapages/Formicidaehome.html.
6) List and briefly describe any current projects that are not proprietary and that you can share.
Surveys and studies of native and alien ant species in the southeastern US; web site development about ants of the Southeast.
7) Do you have a tawny crazy ant outreach program for stakeholders in your state/area?
In part; I have a web site with info about crazy ants (and other ants), which enables stakeholders and others to connect me with questions about ants.
8) Have you developed any management plans for this pest for your stakeholders? If so, briefly describe.
No, I do not work with management.
9) What types of management are stakeholders currently using in your area to control the tawny crazy ant?
Most are relying on PCO's to take care of their needs. Baits seem to be effective, but due to high populations, they have limited use.
10) Are you currently working on any tawny crazy ant projects that are collaborative projects with other researchers?
I have supplied specimens and data to John LaPolla for studies on this species and the genus in general; I have been asked to supply specimens for an upcoming project at Texas A& M.
11. Are you familiar with the services the Southern IPM Center has to offer our group?
I am not fully aware of what services the Southern IPM Center has to offer.
Ask at meeting…………………………..
What other info do we need to get a proper pest status.
I believe an important first step is to create brochures and a web site to teach the public about this invasive ant and other invasive ants; specifically, how they can be treated and how to not spread them around the region further.
Funding from chemical companies to test baits and other management strategies.
Need better tracking of the spread of this species.
Need to study whether or not this species may spread viruses to plants.
What information does the group have about the IPM center and how we can work together?