Steps to Effective Ant Baiting
WHY ANT BAITING IS EFFECTIVE
In order to protect your home, your garden, your children and pets from ants a good pest control strategy is required.
To appreciate why using a bait is one the most effective method to the prevent ants from invading your home you should first learn about the nature and habitats of the ants.
Ants have are indigenous to the majority of land on Earth with the exception of some small islands and Antarctica. They have also formed various partnerships with other species for example some are mutually beneficial and some are parasitic.
Ant colonies can range anywhere from a 35 to 500,000 insects. Some ants are very territorial and will attack indiscriminately if human or animal encroaches on their nest. Some ants can be incredibly aggressive and will swarm a perceived attacker. Some species of ants can inflict nasty and painful bites. This can be very traumatising for young children or pets.
Ants tend take food back to the colony for sharing. These feeding habits are where baiting can be really effective as a worker ant returning will potentially infect the entire colony.
Below are the steps to take to effectively lay bait:
- Inspect area for ant activity and conditions conducive to ant infestation.
- Correctly identify the ant species
- Recommend corrective measures for conducive conditions, avoid wet grass when laying bait.
- Select the proper ant bait product for control.
- Remove all other food sources to encourage the ants to take the bait.
- Remove any pet food bowls.
- Place bait(s) close to ant nests and along foraging trails.
- Consider using a bait station which allows pests in but protects from pets or children.
- Apply a perimeter spray Pro around the structure to prevent ants from entering.
- Check ant nests on a regular basis to ensure the ants are taking the bait.
- Follow-up and place additional bait if ant activity persists.
Safety first – bait should be stored out of reach from children with no access for pets.