Ant Control

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Once established, ants don't usually go away. If left untreated they may just become worse.

Unfortunately, with the elimination and banning of numerous insecticides the number of products available to control ants is considerably reduced. However, with persistence and the proper use of ant killer these sometimes pesky insects can be eliminated.

It is important to note that not all ants are bad. In minor numbers, they do aerate the soil, and they do feed on decaying organic material. However, when ants invade patio or deck areas they become pests.

There are a variety of products which can be used to deal with ants.

One is diatomaceous earth which can be puffed around the anthills or areas which you are having trouble with them outside. Diatomaceous earth is a fine mineral powder which doesn't effect us when we walk on it but it is sharp to ants and deters them, cuts them up if they walk over it, or dries them out. It needs to be reapplied after heavy rainfalls though.

Another option would be bait traps which can be bought for indoor or outdoor use. Here is how they work:

  • Place bait (poison) from kit inside trap
  • Ants take bait back to ant colony
  • Ants share the bait as food and slowly die
  • You should notice a decrease in their numbers around after a week or so

Bait traps are good in places like indoors where it is hard to find out where the ants are coming from and you cannot spray the main colony directly.

The final option are sprays such as Ant B Gone Max which can be sprayed as a preventive or control. It has residual activity so even if ants come into contact with where it was sprayed later on it will still kill them. It can be sprayed directly onto the ants or in areas where you know they enter into your house frequently from. (windows, doors etc)

**Always store pesticides out of reach of pets and children and only in their original containers.**

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