Florida homeowners who see ants marching in a line across their countertops or floors typically waste no time taking action. Spraying when you should bait (or vice-versa) can lead to wasted time and money or worse.
Types of Treatment
Before discussing which ants require specific treatments, let’s develop an understanding of the two main treatment options: baits and liquid sprays.
Baits are typically formulations of an active ingredient mixed with a food that attracts the ants. They commonly come in granules, gels, or foam. Ideally, worker ants find the ant bait, eat it, and bring some of it back to the queen. The queen ingests the poison and dies, which kills the colony.
Successful ant baiting has the potential to kill the entire ant colony if done correctly.
Proper applications of the baits can be a bit of an art form. Considerations like bait selection, placement, and monitoring are essential.
Bottom Line for Baits
Baits are best for most ant species that follow easy to find, predictable routes. These are often indoor pests.
Spraying for ants can be satisfying. Unfortunately, that satisfaction is often a false sense of security. Killing a row of ants may do nothing to deal with the hundreds or thousands of colony mates that might follow. For example, some sprays act as a repellent. For certain pests, this could cause unwanted complications if misused.
Immediate extermination of any ants the homeowner can see.
Knowing the ant type, exact nest locations, and warnings for toxicity and health are important considerations when spraying.
Bottom Line for Sprays
Liquid spray treatment works best either in combination with baits or for outdoor ant species.
Inappropriate application of pesticides tends to cause particular ant colonies to fragment. That’s a bad thing because fragmented ant colonies become new colonies, and your infestation gets a lot worse. Impact Pest Elimination service specialists will identify the type of ant and customize an eradication program that is best suited for your home or business.
With all ants, failure to remove accessible food sources can make treatment less effective. For example, clean up any food residue or crumbs and vacuum often. Outdoors, clean up grease or food debris, and remove other nesting areas like old wood piles. Failure to do this empowers subsequent waves of pests to survive for another invasion.
Impact Pest Elimination professionals can help you identify your ant pests and develop an expert strategy to keep them out of your home. Give them a call today!