Ants are reported as the most common nuisance pest in the United States. Pest professionals understand that to satisfy their customers they must focus on colony elimination.
As outdoor insecticide application regulations tighten, consider the contribution ant baiting can provide to perimeter service models. Baits combine an active ingredient with an attractive food source where foraging ants will deliver the insecticide to the colony, to be shared.
Remember, ants have specific biological requirements that dictate what and when different types of foods are collected. Match your bait types to the species and seasonal preferences for success.
Joe Barile is Technical Services Support for Bayer CropScience LP, Environmental Science Division.