Defining ant infestation site key to control efforts


November 16, 2016

Central Life Sciences By Mel Whitson Senior Field Technical Service Manager

Mel Whitson, Senior Field Technical Service Manager, Central Life Sciences

Most ants forage for food inside homes, but prefer to set up colonies outdoors. Ants can be found in many locations, including kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and outdoor areas such as backyards and transportation vehicles. Whether the service call is for a residential or commercial account, defining the infestation site is key to building a control protocol.

Kitchen — Make inspections easy by removing pantry items and pre-baiting exteriors to stimulate activity. To keep nuisance low, maintain food-free surfaces and place bait in voids and hidden areas.

Bathroom — Identify what is drawing them in. It’s usually food and water sources, such as standing water or hair in drains.

Bedroom/Hotel room — Bait placement should be in hidden areas to avoid nuisance.

Backyards — In addition to targeted insecticide treatments, encourage clients to maintain good lawn health to prevent future ant infestations.

Transportation — Ants are attracted to water, sugar and food crumbs. Be sure to check seats regularly.


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