How can I kill ants when every time I spray them they just move to a different location?
Answer: If you can’t find the ant colony, a poison bait can help you. The toxic can be passed on to the entire colony including the queen ant and her workers.
Is it true that carpenter ants eat wood?
Answer:No. They tunnel into the wood, particularly the soft and easy to decay kinds, to build their nests.
What I have in the house is a large carpenter ant. Both ends of the body are black while there’s an orangey red color in the middle. What kind of ants do you think that is?
Answer: It seems that you have a Florida carpenter ant. They just have a different color than the usual ones, but you can use the same treatment applied to carpenter ants in general.
Over the weekend that just passed, there were white-winged dark-colored ants creeping out from the ground and flying away. From the ant holes there were smaller versions without wings. It has been raining for about a week but Saturday was humid and sunny. That night it rained and they were gone after that. Haven’t seen any one of them ever since. Are those ants? It’s just that my home is now under treatment for termites for 6 months now. The treatment used is Sentracon System. I would appreciate any answer you can give and any product you can recommend. Thanks.
Answer: It is during summer when the ants swarm. Termites do so during spring. You can place a Complete Ant Bait on the ant holes to control them. When the ants are going inside, you can use Taurus SC around the area. This is a non-repellant insecticide which means that ants won’t notice its presence. Most insecticides are repellant and the ants normally just move around it to get into the ant hole.
I have been using the Ortho Orthene fire ant killer to sprinkle on the mounds found in my yard. It may seem to work but with one mound destroyed around two or three mounds appear on the other parts of the yard. It’s like a battle that I seem to lose every day.
I’d like to know if the ant poisons such as the Maxforce Complete Granular that your company distributes are better than the Orthene.
Answer: For individual mound treatment, you can’t have any advantage. However when given broadcast application the mounds found on nearby properties will be destroyed. The Extinguish Fire Ant Bait is known as a slow-acting bait but it has the IGR or insect growth regulator in it which can prevent the growth of new colonies. This would slow the intrusion of these ants into the yard. The Advion Fire Ant Bait is a highly effective and fast-acting fire ant killer bait. The Advion can kill an entire colony in 2 to 3 days. It also works on bigheaded ants and pavement ants.
What do you think is a highly efficient ant bait against carpenter ants?
Answer: Two known favorites for killing carpenter ants are Optigard Ant Bait and Advance 375 A Ant Bait. Ants are known to feed on two cycles which can be sugar-based or protein-based. Advance 375A tend to attract ants during the protein cycle while the Optigard attracts ants on their sugar feeding cycle. You can use the two baits all at once for them to choose. However, baits may not be that efficient because the ants will always have another food source and they’re likely not choose the baits. In such case, you can use the Taurus SC around the designated structure while the Dominion 2L can be used in the yard. Non-repellant insecticides are more effective than the repellant ones for controlling ants.
Are these ants carpenter ants? We have large red ants in the house and they have black nodes on the rear parts. We can find them around the bathtub faucet a couple of times every week.
Answer: In the Southern USA, the carpenter ant can be red or black. Majority of the places have solid black carpenter ants. Carpenter ants are large at about ¼ inch or even larger. Most of the time such ant baits as Maxforce Complete, Optigard, Advance 375A, and Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait work but at times they only work sporadically against the carpenter ants. The ants can easily find another food source and thus won’t eat the bait.
There’s another solution which is to find the colony and to destroy it. This is doable when finding it is easy. This can be done with a non-repellent residual crack and crevice aerosols like the Phantom Aerosol which can be sprayed directly onto the nest and dust like D-Fense Dust with the use of a duster like the Bellows 8 oz Duster.