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Leafcutter ant control

How To Control Leafcutter Ants

An ant infestation can be annoying for the average homeowner, but there are other ant species which can be devastating to those who are in the agricultural industry or growing a garden. One particular ant that can be a threat to plant life are Leafcutter Ants. Leaf cutter ants get their name due to their habit of cutting into leaves and carrying pieces of leaves around.  Leafcutter ants are known to damage residential areas but are also considered an agricultural pest and do a lot of damage to vegetation when they infest areas in heavy numbers. High populations of leaf cutter ants have the ability to defoliate plants in the span of a day day and have lead to annual decreases in plant yield, hurting the agricultural economy.

There are only two species of leaf cutter ants in the United States and the majority of them are prevalent in the southern parts of the United States Like Louisiana and Texas as well as in western states like southern California and Arizona. Leafcutter ants prefer to live in warm areas, and unlike other species of ants, leafcutter ants cultivate and feed on fungus within their nests.

While leaf cutter ants are usually a problem in rural and agricultural areas they can also travel to urban areas and be a problem for homeowners because of their ability to rapidly defoliate lawns and gardens.

If you have a problem with leaf cutter ants on your land, the experts at Solutions Pest and Lawn can help equip you to take care of your pest problem the DIY way with our top of the line chemical control products and our free helpful advice.

How To Get Rid of Leafcutter Ants: Solutions 4 Step Process

When dealing with a persistent ant like the leafcutter ant, it’s best to have a multi-pronged approach to achieve the best possible results. Solutions Pest & Lawn recommends a combination of baits, granules, and sprays for controlling Leaf cutter ants along with carrying out regular sanitation and exclusion measures to make your property less welcoming to Leaf cutter ants. Follow these simple steps and your leafcutter ant problem will be a thing of the past.

Step 1: Inspect your home and the area around it thoroughly. Look in particular for defoliated areas or large holes in leaves and plant life. Inspect leaves, shrubs and other plants for stripped leaves. These will indicate areas of high leaf cutter ant activity.

Step 2: Seek and destroy the leafcutter ant nest or colony. Once nesting sites or ant colony is located, treat them with Surrender Fire Ant Killer. This product is a dust and can be sprinkled and used to create a barrier around any entry holes found on the ground. This is a non-repellent product and works great in exposing ants to the product and killing an entire colony. 

Step 3: Once the nest has been treated, there are likely many ants still out foraging. We recommend spraying Reclaim IT around the entire property. Make sure to focus your spraying primarily on vegetation to prevent reinfestation. You should also use Bifen LP granules as a complementary product to tackle any other wandering ants. Spread the granules on your lawn using a granule spreader.

Step 4: Leafcutters rarely if ever venture on indoors but they can be an occasional invader. You can also use the same insecticides listed above or a broad spectrum spray to create a barrier around your home and to spray any leaf cutter trails you have noticed. Leafcutter ant trails can be relatively easy to spot as they look like a worn path of bare ground.

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