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Monday, March 21, 2011

Ant Bait

Today I will be sharing on ant bait. I saw ants wandering around at my house the other day...(Oops! What a Shame?!) Yup, kids eating biscuits and debris are everywhere and the next day I saw, were some ants wandering around. Well, luckily they were not around on the day that I found the infestation, because they went to my bro's house with the grandparents. School holidays and therefore they went over there to stay for a week.

Ok. Back to the ants. Since that they were not around, I decided to take some ant bait (in gel formula) and started to squeeze a bit (it's always a bit, no need to be a lot) on the floor and let's see the attraction as shown in the photo as below.



From the second photo, you can actually see the ant attracts to the bait and consuming it. According to some of my colleagues, this ant bait is successfully to be worked on more charbohydrates preference ants rather than the protein preferance ants. I agree on that because I tried it out last month on another type of species of ants and you will get shock when you see within a minute, all the ants will gather at the bait and within an hour to 2 hours, ants 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? 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.

Ants can have more than 1 queen. For example,  Nest A has 3 queens. When we use aerosol to spray  at the ants trail, they will feel irritate 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 becoming 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 chemicals for ants control.

So, how to control ants infestation? Normally, for household, I will encourage people to go for ant bait. Try some of the ant bait which you can find from hypermarket or RM1 packet chinaman bait. (Shh..I shouldn't advise you guys on this chinaman thing!) When you use these types of ant bait, please be cautions if you have small kids at your house. Make sure you stay the young kids away from all these bait and don't follow the way I applied as shown in the photos. I was just testing around. It was not the proper way in applying ant bait.

Ant bait shall be apply at the line of the wall. 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 of the bait. If you follow their trails, you can actually find that they actually come out from some cracks and crevices; and there'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 monthly basis, most of the time, you will hardly see ants infestation. This is because residual spraying is to create a chemical barrier at the perimeter of your house. If you want to test it out, on how effective is the residual spraying, you may try to stop engaging the service. Within a few months, you will see ants infestation at your house and the infestation will keep on recurring back.

Those are some tips on ants control. Mind reminding you, the best way to control ants infestation is to keep your place clean. Make sure the sanitation practice is in place and you will free from ants infestation.



2 comments:

  1. Thanks for great information you write it very clean. I am very lucky to get this tips from you


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