Locate nests to help curb ant callbacks

By |  August 29, 2018
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No matter how long you’ve been a PMP, chances are you’ve experienced a callback (or two) on an ant management job. You can develop a strategy, though, that will help reduce the number of callbacks, ensure customer satisfaction and even boost revenue. Success depends on finding the nest. Here are some suggestions for locating nests of five different ant species.

Odorous house ants (Tapinoma sessile): Nests likely will be near homes outdoors in soil and under mulch, logs and rocks, or in cracks. They may also be found in the walls and floors of a structure.

Pavement ants (Tetramorium caespitum): Nests typically are found outdoors in the soil under and next to cement slabs, sidewalks, patios and driveways. But they can also be indoors under foundations and inside hollow walls.

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Carpenter ants (Camponotus spp.): Look for nests outdoors where wood, like tree stumps and plants, is damp or moldy, and indoors where wet and damaged wood allow them to enter.

Little black ants (Monomorium minimum): Search
for nests outdoors under rocks, bricks and lumber. Search indoors behind facades and in woodwork, decaying wood and wall voids.

Argentine ants (Linepithema humile): Nests usually are shallow and found outdoors under plants, stones and boards, or along sidewalks.

SOURCE: NATIONAL PEST MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION

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