On the long list of pests pest management professionals (PMPs) battle, ants have been, and probably will continue to be, at the top. Ants are the No. 1 reason why homeowners call PMPs, accounting for more new-customer calls than any other pest. Ants can begin a new relationship that can result in a long-term customer.
But don’t fret. Some manufacturers have developed effective nonpyrethroid alternatives, including products that use ants’ social nature (grooming and feeding behaviors) against them. When applied, these products can create a treated zone of nonrepellent protection around the home. Ants passing through the treated area pick up the nonrepellent insecticide on their bodies and can transfer the active ingredient to nest mates through routine social contact. This enables the active ingredient to spread and kill ants that might never make direct contact with a treated surface — a key to eliminating ant problems.