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Volume 2012, Article ID 925149, 6 pages
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Urban Infestation Patterns of Argentine Ants, Linepithema humile, in Los Angeles

1Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 621 Young Dr. S., University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
2Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521, USA

Received 21 February 2012; Revised 21 May 2012; Accepted 31 May 2012

Academic Editor: Brian Forschler

Copyright © 2012 Smadar Gilboa et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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