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Chemical ant treatments restricted to the inside of premises may achieve good control if all nesting sites of ants are located indoors. If, however, nesting sites of ants are located outdoors as well, interior ant treatments alone may be very limited in their effectiveness. Some types of insecticide formulations and methods of application for ant control are as follows:
Surface Sprays: In ant control, surface sprays in the form of emulsifiable concentrates and foams are widely used. Such ant treatments may involve treating outdoor nesting sites of ants and/or spraying surfaces over which the ants travel. These may include cracks in paths, wall-path junctions, points of entry such as window sills and door jambs, and wall voids. Ants generally trail along defined architectural lines such as expansion joints, pipes, joints in masonry or edges of paths. Indoors, areas serving as travelling routes might be treated. These may include bases of skirting behind kitchen equipment, window and door frameworks, corners among cupboards and benches, and various cracks and crevices. When used effectively, these chemicals, backed up by sound sanitation and hygiene practice, should give suitably long-term ants protection.
Space-Spray: Insecticides applied as space sprays have limited application in ant control procedures. Where the method of application in ant control has facility for cracks and crevice treatment, this may prove useful for the direct treatment of nesting sites that are reasonably confined (e.g. in brick cavity walls) – provided that safety implications are taken into account.
Dusts: Insecticidal dust formulations can be useful in ant control. They may be applied directly into nesting sites (where known) or lightly on surfaces over which the ants travel. Dusts can be particularly appropriate in the treatment of sensitive areas such as switchboxes, equipment and wall and roof voids.
Baits: Insecticidal ant baits are widely used in situations where nest location and treatment is difficult or impossible, or where insecticides in the form of sprays or dusts are not appropriate or allowed. The ants baiting approach usually relies on the transference of insecticidal baits back to the nest, where all the individuals, including the reproductive female(s), will eventually consume the poison in sufficient quantity to cause death. Baits are very effective in the control of a variety of ants species. Competition from other food sources is a common hindrance to the effectiveness of baiting. In placing ants baits, the safety of children and pets should be considered. In general, ants may prefer either carbohydrates, fats or oils, but some may be attracted to two or even all three of these food groups.
In summary, ant control often relies on:
- A through ant inspection and survey/analysis of ants activity patterns
- Direct treatment of nests of ants where possible
- Formation of insecticidal barriers between nests of ants and food sources and/or placement of baits in appropriate locations
- The adoption of high levels of sanitation and hygiene.
PestAway Australia provides fast and effective ants control services in Melbourne (all suburbs). For more information about ants, please visit: http://www.pestaway.com.au/ants-control-removal
Posted by PestAway Australia on 15th November, 2012 | Comments
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