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How To Control Asian Needle Ants
Ant problems are becoming a rising problem for homeowners and the type of ants that are embarking upon homes aren’t the usual ones that come to mind, like the Asian Needle Ant. Asian Needle Ants aren’t your normal run of the mill ant. You could think of this species as a bully as they are very aggressive and will even go after other ant species to demonstrate their dominance.
Asian needle ants are about ⅛ of an inch long. Queen ants are typically larger, around ¼ of an inch long. Their bodies are black or light brown with their legs and mouthparts are either light brown or yellow. They have segmented bodies and a well-developed stinger which can be quite painful and even dangerous to those who suffer from allergic reactions from ant bites.
Asian Needle ants usually enter homes in search of both food and damp areas where they can hang around. Because of their aggressive nature, they can also venture onto lawns and gardens and take out ladybugs, caterpillars, and even bees which are beneficial to gardens and encourage pollination.
If you have a problem with Asian Needle ants on your property, there are ways to eliminate this frustrating pest. Solutions Pest and Lawn has everything you need to get rid of Asian Needle Ants, from top products to expert how-to advice.
How To Get Rid of Asian Needle Ants: Solutions 5 Step Process
Asian Needle ants are stubborn and persistent so it is best to have a control approach that is multi-faceted if you want to achieve results in getting rid of the invasion. We here at Solutions recommend a combination of dusts and sprays for controlling Asian Needle ants along with maintenance and exclusion tasks designed to make your home less welcoming for Asian Needle Ants. Below are some of the steps we suggest for the greatest success in managing this pest.
Step 1: Performing a detailed inspection is an important first step in order to overcome an Asian Needle Ant infestation. Inspect your property both indoors and outdoors for mounds and nests where the ant colony is headquartered. Examine the ants themselves to make note of their trails and runways. Typical outdoor nesting sites include soil, hollowed trees, under firewood, rocks, and other piles of material or debris, and underneath stone or brick walkways. Indoors, Argentine ants can be found in walls and voids, and around wherever there is moisture sources such as sinks, pipes, or potted plants.
Step 2: Destroy Ant mound and/or nests. If you happen to find where the argentine ants are nesting, treat it immediately with a strong insecticide such as Reclaim IT Insecticide or FiPro Foaming Aerosol. Spray to the point of drenching the nest, the insecticide will then work to kill the entire population. Make sure to keep pets and children away until the treated area has been dried.
Step 3: Once the mound has been treated, there are likely many ants still out foraging. Use an insecticide spray to create a barrier around your home to prevent ants from trespassing. Spray around your home’s foundation up to 3 feet high along the building sides and 3 feet out on the ground with a fan sprayer will provide great protection. A few other areas where it would be wise to apply insecticide outdoors include sidewalks, around the base of trees, stepping stones, potted plants, and garbage cans.
Step 4: To take care of indoor ants, it is better to bait than spray. Try a slow-acting bait like Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel or Maxforce FC Ant Bait Stations. To judge whether a bait is effective, simply monitor whether the placement is being visited or decreasing in size. If not, switch to another bait until you find one that is readily accepted.
Step 5: Once the population is destroyed, a regular maintenance program should be implemented to keep future colonies from venturing on your property. From regular sprayings to exclusion measures like caulking up cracks and crevices as well as reducing and fixing areas of moisture, you have to do your due diligence to keep your home conditions sanitary and clean to ensure ants have nothing to eat in your home.
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