It seems every year, more advanced and more effective ant management products are available to pest management professionals. The problem lies in the number and variety of ant species we are tasked to control. This means that not every ant situation can be solved by using the same products or techniques.
When managing ants, it is important to consider species, foraging activity, season, harborage preference and food preference, all of which can greatly affect your success rate. For example, carpenter ants (Camponotus spp.) are very different from Argentine ants (Linepithema humile) in trailing behavior, food preferences, and harborage preference. By choosing a product and method of control based on the ant identification and the structure inspection, you have increased your chances for success many-fold.
Investigate the various products, formulations and active ingredients available. Don’t fall into the habit of always using the same control methods for every job, and don’t be afraid to try something you’ve never tried before.