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Old 01-29-2011, 05:29 AM   #16
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Old 03-03-2011, 02:19 PM   #17
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Okay, well i'm glad i found this thread. I have a ranch house on slab foundation. Every fall/winter i seem to have tiny ants. Spring and summer, they are gone i assume because of the cold/warm temps. My friend who is in pest control said what they were but said if you rub them in your fingures they smell citrusy? Anyways, he has sprayed a few times and baited once in the 3 years i've been here however there are always a few here and there that i can't seem to rid my house of. Instead of paying him every year, sometimes twice a year, is there something good performing bait i can use? They seem to be entering from around the duct work which is in the slab.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 03-03-2011, 06:12 PM   #18
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We have success treating the smaller species of ants with gel or liquid ant baits. The gel's come in a syringe, the liquid comes in a station for which you peel off cellophane to expose the liquid. Usually boric acid based.

The small ants like to live under cement slabs. Place the bait near any penetrations into the slab like duct work, pipes, bathtub/plumbing access, etc. Don't spray anything near the bait as it will repel the ants and work against you. If you see them taking the bait, let them do so with out interruption. You may have several cycles like this, but you can get rid of the colony in time.

Make multiple bait locations. Be persistent, as they are!
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Where can I purchase this bait. The gel would probably work best in my situation. I understand baiting can take time.
Thank you very much for the thorough response.
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Old 03-04-2011, 06:27 AM   #20
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Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, hardware stores in general, larger grocery stores. they should all be stocking up now for spring.
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Oh, i thought there might be some stronger stuff you knew of. I'll try the local stores and see what they have.

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Old 03-04-2011, 03:07 PM   #22
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You don't want anything very toxic when employing a baiting strategy. All ant and roach baits are quite the opposite, very low in toxicity so that they can take it back to the colony and nesting areas. If it killed them too quickly, they wouldn't get it back to the nest. Another reason to not spray as it: 1) Repels them from the bait; 2) Kills them before they can take it back. 3) Reduces the number of foragers.

You may see feeding activity for days if not longer. That would be a very good sign. IF they want to eat, let them eat. They may come and go over the next year-continue with the same baiting strategy, keep the bait fresh. It will eventually eliminate the colony. Certain times of the year, the ants will prefer proteins over carbs and vice versa. They may not take the gels/liquid bait well then. There are ant bait stations that are labeled as both protein and carbs. They are usually called by names like: duo choice; dual action, etc. Be ready to buy them if you think you need. To my knowledge these don't come as gel or liquid, but as a typical dry bait station, but if the gels/liquids aren't attracting them, try the double bait stations. Good luck.
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I would like to know how to treat harvest termite that are in the building! The pest control company has done the treatment by treating the whole house by drilling the whole house and putting the treatment in the house. I currently have the treatment certificate but they keep re-occaring. What else can I do.
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hi everyone,

New to this board and a homeowner not pest tech...the Very Expensive pest control people have been trying to get rid of my ants for a year now...they are making it worse.

They keep spraying Dragnet inside and outside the home, but it just does not get rid of the problem..looking for help and getting desperate.

I have access to the following

Dominion 2L Termiticide Concentrate
Bayer Advance Carpenter Ant Bait
Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel
terro liquid ant killer - Home Depot purchase
Combat ant gel - another homedepot great
Delta Dust Insecticide - with Bellow Hand Duster

Any help from the pros...I'd really love to get rid of this 5yr problem...

Tony
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Has anyone here ever heard of fly predators or fly traps? They are big in the horse world and I was wondering if people might need help with fly control in non-horse environments?
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plazomat: Where are you geographically? What kind of ants? If you don't know the species, are they large or small? Are the ants seen inside, outside, or both?

Dragnet is repellent. The industry is (or has) moved away from using repellent insecticides for ant control. Non-repellents such as Termidor and Phantom are very effective at ant control, even with one treatment. I believe that dominion is Imidacloprid as active ingredient. That will work too, but not as well or quickly as Termidor and Phantom. Imid is non-repellent.

Baiting is very good for smaller ants. Unfortunately, spraying with repellents will, and is, working against your baiting strategy.

We don't have much luck with Maxforce carpenter ant bait gel for carpenter ants-but we are in the northeast. Other geographic areas can have different results.

I believe that you (or they) need to stop using repellent insecticides.
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plazomat: Where are you geographically? What kind of ants? If you don't know the species, are they large or small? Are the ants seen inside, outside, or both?

Dragnet is repellent. The industry is (or has) moved away from using repellent insecticides for ant control. Non-repellents such as Termidor and Phantom are very effective at ant control, even with one treatment. I believe that dominion is Imidacloprid as active ingredient. That will work too, but not as well or quickly as Termidor and Phantom. Imid is non-repellent.

Baiting is very good for smaller ants. Unfortunately, spraying with repellents will, and is, working against your baiting strategy.

We don't have much luck with Maxforce carpenter ant bait gel for carpenter ants-but we are in the northeast. Other geographic areas can have different results.

I believe that you (or they) need to stop using repellent insecticides.

I am in Canada, Southern Ontario, Toronto area,

They are definitly pavement ants, tons outside and some make it inside. I have been told that we are on or around a massive colony.

I have been having some luck with Combat (fipronil) gel same a maxforce. I have been baiting outside with the gel and granular bait.

I hope to reduce the numbers with bait before spraying Imidacloprid (dominion). The weather has been so wet that my bait is gettin washed away so I have put it on hold unit our summer actually arrives...

I have not bothered to call the pest control people in again as they are just making it worse. So no more spraying in our house for now. I am only baiting outside and it hasn't been sprayed since last year..

Do you think I can bait and spray Dominion at the same time or just bait or just spray?

Thanks
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Plazomat, I'm also located in Toronto and I'm having a problem with carpenter ants. Where were you able to find Dominion and Maxforce locally?

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hi everyone,

New to this board and a homeowner not pest tech...the Very Expensive pest control people have been trying to get rid of my ants for a year now...they are making it worse.

They keep spraying Dragnet inside and outside the home, but it just does not get rid of the problem..looking for help and getting desperate.

I have access to the following

Dominion 2L Termiticide Concentrate
Bayer Advance Carpenter Ant Bait
Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel
terro liquid ant killer - Home Depot purchase
Combat ant gel - another homedepot great
Delta Dust Insecticide - with Bellow Hand Duster

Any help from the pros...I'd really love to get rid of this 5yr problem...

Tony

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