What’s the best ant management lesson you’ve learned? Experts chime in:
“In Houston, we had a mall-turned-assisted-living facility that was infested with Argentine ants (Linepithema humile). After several months of little success, we cleaned up all the inside sources of ant bait and treatments, and moved outside. After a complete inspection of all trails and entry, we set up a baiting program and achieved control.”
“Ant control is 3D. Too many times, we walk around looking down or in front of us, and not up or out and around. The result is treating the wrong place or having to use more pesticide than needed.”
“The ants have taught me that many hands make light work. They will work together to bring the bait back to the colony, if I use enough bait that they can find quickly.”
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Looking for the ant trail? Follow the lines! Maybe an expansion joint, garden hose or a lawn edging. Don’t drop bait directly on top of the trailing ants, they will consider the application as an attack. Apply the bait no closer than a half inch of the trail, they will find it and accept it.
Great tips, David! Thanks for sharing. — The Eds.