Ants are Americas number one pest. And that goes for both the homeowner as well as the pest management professional! They are one of the most difficult insects to control.
How did the ants get in to begin with you ask?
Well, If you are not treating the outside of your home for pests on a regular basis, and if ants have gotten established on the outside, they will likely create pheromone trails (scent trails) which will lead into your house. Once these trails are in place, you may have to utilize more than just a liquid residual insecticide to get control and to stop them from entering.
We have some accounts that need their exterior foundation, yard, and perimeters treated on a monthly basis just to keep ant populations down in the yard, as well as from neighboring properties. By identifying your ant correctly, and by understanding its behaviors, you can get complete (or close to it) control of your infestation with the products here at Pest Control Supplies.
If you are experiencing an ant problem on the interior, you should consider starting with the creation of a treatment zone around, and on the exterior of the structure with a non-repellent insecticide such as Termidor SC, or Alpine WSG. Non-repellents will allow ants passing through the treated area to pick up the active ingredient on their bodies and transfer it to other colony members through their normal social interactions. This transfer will enable you to control ants that may not come in direct contact with your treated zone. They only need to contact other ants that have been exposed to the insecticide.
Termidor SC can be sprayed along the foundation exterior perimeter (1 foot up and 1 foot out from where the ground meets the foundation) as well as a surface spray (up to 18 inches in width) around doors, windows, vents, eaves, pipes or any other exterior openings.
Once you have your exterior treatment zone established, seek out and destroy ant colonies that are off the structure. In the yard, products such as Alpine WSG, can be directly applied to foraging trails, ant nests or mounds where ants are present. It can be applied to lawns, yards, landscaping, structures and impervious surfaces. Ant baits such as Advance 375, Maxforce Complete, can be applied to areas where ants are foraging. Maybe even try installing Antopia Ant Bait Stations on the exterior where ants are commonly seen foraging.
On the interior, Alpine WSG insecticide can be used for spot, or crack and crevice applications where ants may be foraging such as doors, windows, under sinks, around pipes and other areas. Termidor Foam can also be used in voids where ants are foraging.
You may also try baits such as Advance Carpenter Ant Bait, Advance 375, Maxforce Complete, or Maxforce Gel. They can be applied to areas where ants are foraging. Ant Cafe’s can also be used to hold and protect your bait on the inside.
Other formulations may provide you with success on both the interior and exterior. Granular insecticides such as Bifenthrin gruanules provide a great contact kill and have excellent residual properties for the exterior. They fall down into and under landscape material such as turf, rock or mulch to target problem ants. Also consider dusts, baits, aerosols, or other spray concentrates for your particular needs.
The keys to controlling ants are to find the colonies and/or subcolonies and treat them directly with an appropriately labeled insecticide. Most product labels for concentrates allow you to apply your finished dilution where listed pests enter the structure, where they trail or crawl and hide, or where their nests are found. If nests are found, treatments can be made directly to these nests.
If you are not sure where the ants are coming from, then you might want to try a non repellent insecticide and/or a bait on the interior/exterior
Best Sellers for ants
These different baits are labeled for most all common household ants.
Insect Bait Stations For Ants
Spray concentrates for ants
These residual insecticide concentrates are mixed with water and used in a compressed hand held sprayer to make your application.
Aerosols & Ready to Use Products for Ants
These “ready to use” products are convenient and great for a contact kill and great for flushing out insects. Most offer great residual properties as well.
Dusts are usually used to treat into cracks and crevices (such as in the crack between the wall baseboard and floor), in wall voids, cavities, attics or crawl spaces. Be sure that there is proper ventilation in the room and that you don’t over dust or dust in areas accessible by people.
Insecticide Granules for Ants
These “ready to use” granular crystals are convenient and great for a contact kill and have a great residual properties for the exterior. They fall down into and under landscape material such as turf, rock or mulch to target problem ants.