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MEASURES TO CONTROL ANTS:  

  • Correct identification 
  • Location of the nest(s) 
  • Locate Ant trails
  • Seal possible routes of entry
  • Perimeter treatment
  • Reduction of honeydew sources 
  • Interior pesticide application 
  • Baiting 
  • Remove food sources 
  • Change landscaping
  • Reduce moisture sources
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CHARACTERISTICS  of ANTS

  • Ants like situations that have sufficient moisture, shelter, and nearby source of food
  • Moisture sources may be stones, wood, or other objects on the ground that act as a heat sink and cause condensation on their underneath side
  • Other sources: mulch and dense vegetation that traps moisture. Downspouts, overlowing gutters, leaking faucets, irrigations systems, etc.

 

ABOUT ANTS

  • One of the most successful groups of insects
  • Social insects, living in colonies which are usually located in the ground
  • May enter buildings for shelter and/or food
  • By 2000, ants replaced cockroaches as being the most important or most difficult to control of the structural pests  
  • Feed on practically every kind of food, but those entering homes are looking for sweets and/or protein-containing substances
  • Form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predators
  • Live in natural cavities to highly organized colonies
  • Colonized almost every landmass on earth

 

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