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|Ants can be a major problem for
your home or business. If you are not treating the outside of you home for pests on a
regular basis, ants will establish scent trails which will lead into your house. Once
these trails are in place, you must use more than just spray
(insecticides, pesticides) to stop them from entering.
We recommend a three pronged approach: ant baits
inside home, yard treatment with either
ant baits or insecticides, foundation
spray treatment around home.
If you follow these directions, all ant colonies in
and around your home will be eliminated. Dual Choice, Gourmet,
Maxforce, Niban and Fluorguard ant baits, Talstar, Demon and Cynoff
insecticides are different pest control products mentioned in this
article that help with different ant control jobs.
This article deals with household ant pests. If you have carpenter
ants or wish to prevent carpenter ant infestations, go to our Carpenter Ant article.
Pharaoh ants also demand special attention. Go to our Pharaoh Ant article for more information.
For other ants, their biology, habits and elimination methods, go to our
INSIDE, ANT BAITS
INSIDE, ANT BAITS
The use of ant bait inside cupboards, closets, window sills,
attics, crawl spaces and other foraging places is necessary to control nests inside your
home. Dual Choice,
Gourmet or Niban FG will
all work. Some are better for certain species (when treating for Pharaoh ants, you must
use Maxforce.) We have found excellent control by combining Dual Choice
Ant Bait Gel for indoor ant infestations; Dual Choice is also becoming very popular and
is an excellent bait that can be used alone or in conjunction with Gourmet
find the bait within a day or two. After feeding, they bring some back to their nest
to feed other members in the colony. Nurse ants, queens and larvae will all eat and
die. This controls nests inside the home. Once your indoor ant infestation is
under control, you may either continue baiting or switch to a periodical spray to help
control indoor pests.
should be spread around the entire home. If fire ants are present, drench mounds with an
approved insecticide to quickly eliminate them. Products containing Cypermethrin (Cypermethrin 4 ounce,
Cynoff EC, Demon EC)
are the best for mound drenching. An alternative to putting out granular pesticides
is the use of an outside bait. Maxforce
granular is one of the best. The bait method takes a little longer but works well and
poses no hazard to non target species. Bait every 3 months to keep ant populations under
treat outside. Failure to treat outside will result in new ant infestations inside
your home, sometimes in only a matter of days.
FOUNDATION: CYNOFF, TALSTAR, SUSPEND
Ant problems start because regular pest control is
NOT being done. To prevent ants, spiders, roaches, etc. from entering your home a
good residual spray around the foundation and around windows, doors, fireplaces, etc. on
the outside of your house is necessary.
This should be done several times a year.
Some good products to choose from include Cynoff,
Talstar and Suspend.
This outside spraying will stop ants from laying new scent trails leading to the
inside of your home and prevent a future infestation. **
|** Following steps 1 and 2
above will solve your current problem. If step 3 is not followed, new infestations
of ants (as well as roaches,
scorpions, centipedes, etc.) will
re-infest your home.
For biology, identification
and pest control suggestions about any particular ant, click on the
ant name for details. If you have concerns about other pests
that might invade your home or property, go to the General
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