Today I will be sharing about ant bait. I saw ants wandering around my house the other day. (Oops! What a Shame?!) Yup, kids eating biscuits with debris everywhere. The next day I saw ants wandering around. Well luckily, the kids were not around when I found out about the ant’s infestation because the kids went to my brother’s house with their grandparents. Because it was school holidays they went over there to stay for a week.
Ok. Back to the ants. Since the kids were not around, I decided to take some ant bait (in gel formula) and started to apply a bit (it's always a bit, no need to be a lot) on the floor.
According to some of my colleagues, this ant bait is better suited for ants which consumes carbohydrates than ants that consume protein. This is true because when I tried it out last month on another type of species of ants. You will be shocked when you see all the ants gathered at the bait and within an hour the ant’s population has been reduced. Most of the time, I will not encourage people to spray ants with aerosol. That's what most people will do when they see ants wandering around. Why using aerosol is not a wise choice? Because ants has a system called budding system. Budding system is a system where the ants can actually leverage their nest from 1 nest to 2 or more nests.
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Ants can have more than 1 queen. For example, Nest A has 3 queens. When we use aerosol to spray at the ant’s trail, they will feel irritated and they can sense the attack from human. Immediately, they will move out from Nest A. However, Nest A has 3 queens. Instead of moving from 1 nest to another new 1 nest, they move from 1 nest to 3 nests. Nest A becoming Nest A1, Nest A2 and Nest A3. So, do you think the infestation will be worst? Of course, the answer is yes. You will see more trails now. Besides that, chemical from the aerosol is a pyrethroid chemical. Pyrethroid is an irritation chemical for ant’s control.
Ant bait shall be applied at the wall line. Ants like to crawl in a line and you can just apply at the wall line whenever you see them. You don't have to put a lot but instead bit by bit. If you follow their trails, you can actually find that they actually come out from some cracks and crevices; and that's where their nest is. Once the nest has been eliminated, try to seal the cracks and crevices in order to minimise the entry points for next infestation.
Does residual spraying help in ants’ control? Of course, yes. If you engage pest control to spray at your house in a monthly basis, most of the time, you will hardly see ant’s infestation. This is because residual spraying creates a chemical barrier at the perimeter of your house. If you want to test the effectiveness of residual spraying, you may try to stop engaging the service. Within a few months, you will see ant’s infestation at your house and the infestation will keep on recurring.
Those are some tips on ant’s control. Mind you, the best way to control ant’s infestation is to keep your place clean. Make sure good sanitation practice is in place and you will minimise ants infestation.