How do I control leaf-cutting ants in my plantation?
Rafael's IG question.
Hi Rafael, unfortunately the damage caused by leaf-cutting ants is very common and actions have to be taken to minimize the damage.
The procedure to control these insects, after planting begins, is to protect the seedlings with biomass or by planting crops that attract ants, such as sesame, and can prevent ants from attacking the newly planted seedlings. Depending on the intensity of the attacks, it will be necessary to look for the scouts, find where the greatest intensification of the attacks is, follow the path of the ants to find out what they are cutting and place bait protected from the rains and on the days when the ants are most active. The presence of biomass is very important to cover and protect the seedlings.