Tips when inspecting for ants


January 5, 2023

Desiree Straubinger, BCE

Desiree Straubinger, BCE

Don’t guess! A thorough inspection is the first step in an ant management program. Inspections should be part of every routine service — and not just when customers call you about ants in their kitchen pantries. You must identify structural deficiencies, favorable landscaping or other conditions conducive to ants.

Document everything you see:

  • Potential attraction sources: food or moisture sources, improper storage practices, subpar sanitation, honeydew-producing insects, etc.
  • Access points: cracks/openings around doors, windows and utility lines; plantings too close to the structure; etc.
  • Potential nesting sites: areas with landscape stone, rock walls, downed trees or structural timbers; and piles of compost or other organic debris; etc.

Having this information recorded before an issue arises or an ant-related callback occurs will help you locate the attraction source, potential entry point, and ultimately, the ant trail or nest more quickly.


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Straubinger is a technical service representative at BASF.

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