Integrated Pest Management for Finding and Treating Ants

When treating with pesticides, the best option is to hire a trained IPM Certified Professional who has access to more effective materials and application equipment that can prevent contamination of the environment.  The IPM certified pest technician will use pesticides only when necessary and as a comprehensive pest management plan tailored to your needs. Detecting insect levels is a common practice for agricultural purposes and is often used for detecting the invasive Fire Ant.  Detection techniques are also employed to monitor insect activity in sensitive public areas such as schools and hospitals. The oldest type of insect detection is the spider’s web; Orb-weavers in a garden landscape can be a useful indicator of insect activity around the home.  Recent developments in traps for use in public health and the food industry have even benefited museums that deal with museum pests.
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Monitoring and inspecting your home for ants and possible entry points is an important part of your Integrated Pest Management program.  Certified technicians will be able to search out entry points, colonies, and identification of ants to determine the right treatment.  Some species of ants respond to chemicals differently and need to be treated accordingly. For example, Pharaoh ants when sprayed, will break off into separate colonies – creating more ants! Do-it-yourself methods with retail products that contain pesticides can harm the environment when you try to dispose of the hazardous material.   Spraying ants around the perimeter of the home with common repellents won’t provide permanent control because it kills only the ants that are seen, not the colony and queens.  Foragers typically represent just a small portion of the ant colony.  Repellents used on the outside may make the situation worse by trapping ants indoors.  It may appear to work but soon the ants will quickly invade again and again.  It really takes a highly trained technician to provide long-term results.
Ant extracting honeydew from an aphid

Aphid feeding an ant honeydew in exchange for protection from predators.

It is unrealistic to eliminate ants from the outside entirely: Ants are beneficial in many ways to the environment by aerating the soil and eating decomposed matter but ants nesting outdoors may support large populations of their favorite honeydew making insects in your landscape – aphids.  Controlling aphids and other scale insects can curb the ant population around your home. New research shows pesticides used on a regular basis that target aphids actually change ants foraging behavior and may help with infestations.  At the University of Georgia, researchers treated the soil of a pepper plant infested with aphids with Optigard Flex, after the treatment, the aphids died.  The results indicated that plants treated with Optigard Flex, a traditional pesticide, eliminates aphids and that ants will leave the plants in search of new ones that have a crop of aphids to farm. Hearts IPM certificate It’s good to remember that ants play a beneficial role in the garden and environment.  Once you become aware of the seasonal cycle of the ants in your area, you can prepare for annual invasions by caulking entry points, trimming shrubs and trees away from the home, and keeping moisture at a minimum.  Preparation will make the spring and summer more pleasant – for both humans and ants.

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