In response to an initial survey of pest concerns and research priorities, the FPMC has made significant accomplishments in the following areas:

  • Evaluation of baits resulted in 24C registration of Volcano®, a safe
        alternative to methyl bromide, for control of the Texas leaf-cutting ant in
        Texas and Louisiana.
  • Evaluation of trunk injection of systemic pesticides resulting in 90+%
        reduction in coneworm damage for 6+ years in pine seed orchards and
        prevention of mortality by bark beetles.
  • Determination of the impact of pine reproduction weevils, development of
        a weevil risk-rating system and 24C registration of Pounce®, Waylay™
        and/or Artic in several southern states.
  • Determination of the impact of pine tip moth, development of a tip moth
        hazard-rating model and EPA registration of PTM™ (fipronil) and
        SilvaShield™ (imidacloprid + fertilizer tablet).


  • Studies to develop economical control options to protect young
        plantations from tip moth.
  • Studies to evaluate potential of systemic tree injections to protect cone
        crops from coneworms and seed bugs and trees from bark beetles and
        wood borers.
  • Develop a new effective leaf-cutting ant treatment.
  • Monitoring of tip moth & coneworm populations in pine seed orchards and
  • Prediction of annual southern pine beetle infestation trends.
  • Quartly newsletter entitled PEST (Progress, Education, Science, Technology)



Pine Tip Moth

Efficacy of Wing Versus Delta Traps for Predicting Infestation Levels of Four Generations of the Nantucket Pine Tip Moth (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) in the Southern United States pdf file icon (128 kb)

Nantucket Pine Tip Moth Phenology and Timing of Insecticide Spray
Applications in the Western Gulf Region
pdf file icon (2.02 mb)

Leaf-cutting Ant

Attractiveness and Efficacy of Fipronil and Sulfluramid Baits for Control of
the Texas Leafcutting Ant
pdf file icon (62 kb)

Pine Reproduction Weevils

Influence of Harvest Date and Silvicultural Practices on Abundance and Impact of Pine Reproduction Weevils in Western Gulf Loblolly Pine Plantations  pdf file icon (3.96 mb)

Seed and Cone Insects

Systemic Insecticide Injections for Control of Cone and Seed Insects in Loblolly Pine Seed Orchards—2 Year Resultspdf file icon (38 kb)


Systemic Insecticide Injections: New, Effective Option for Protecting Pine
Seed Orchard Crops from Insect Pests
pdf file icon (238 kb)

Bark Beetles/Wood Borers

Efficacy of Systemic Insecticides for Protection of Loblolly Pine Against
Southern Pine Engraver Beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) and
Wood Borers (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)
pdf file icon (92 kb)

Efficacy of Two Systemic Insecticides Injected Into Loblolly Pine for
Protection Against Southern Pine Bark Beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)
pdf file icon (92 kb)

Effectiveness of Two Systemic Insecticides for Protecting Western Conifers from Mortality Due to Bark Beetle Attack  pdf file icon (84 kb)

Efficacy of Fipronil for Protecting Individual Pines from Mortality Attributed to Attack by Western Pine Beetle and Mountain Pine Beetle (Coleoptera: Curculionidae, Scolytinae) pdf file icon (180 kb)

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