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How To Control White Footed Ants
Among the toughest species of ants to control, the white-footed ant has become a rising problem in the southern United States, particularly in Florida. The reason that they are hard to control is because colonies of white-footed ants have many reproductive queens which can make up nearly half the colony if left to their own devices. This can make their population grow to massive proportions and be a pain in the neck for homeowners.
First identified in Florida in 1986, the white-footed ant has become a nuisance in the Southeastern states of Florida, Louisiana and Georgia area after being imported by accident from Japan. The white-footed ant resembles the Crazy Ant and Odorous House ant but can be easily distinguished by their tarsi (section at the end of their legs) which are a very light yellow or yellowish white, hence the name.
White-footed ant colonies are very large with an average colony carrying a range of between 400,000 to well over 1 million ants. This puts food at a premium and as a results these pests forage over a wide range of different food sources. Typically, these ants show up at food sources in large numbers.
If you are dealing with white footed ants on your property, you’re going to want to implement an effective control program before their numbers get out of hand. Here at Solutions Pest and Lawn, we can deliver to you premium products designed to eliminate white footed ants on your property and can also give you helpful advice for you to perform DIY ant control effectively.
How To Get Rid of White Footed Ants: 3 Step Solution
White footed ants are unique in that worker ants do not store or regurgitate or share food with the rest of the colony, making bait treatment an ineffective way of eliminating the ant population. However, there are alternative ways to tackle this troublesome pest which doesn’t involve baiting. At Solutions Pest and Lawn we have the tools necessary to get rid of white footed ants and will share with you the steps we recommend if you want to tackle this problem the DIY way.
Step 1: An effective way to treat white footed ants starts with a good inspection. We suggest starting your examination from the outside and work your way indoors. Outdoor ant mounds created by white-footed ants may be obvious but if they are not, observe ants and the trails they go on and hopefully they may lead you to where they are concentrated. If you happen to find the colony or nest, treat the ant mound via drench method using an insecticide like Reclaim IT. Drenching means to apply enough insecticide which drowns the entire nest and surrounding area.
Step 2: Indoors you can use a combination of spray and dusts to treat trespassing white footed ants. We recommend using a non-repellent spray like Taurus SC or an aerosol spray like PT 565 Plus XLO Aerosol Insecticide. Be sure to spray entry points, and around cracks and crevices and along floorboards and baseboards to keep the population from growing. Places where liquids cannot reach, apply dust via a hand duster. We recommend Delta Dust but we have plenty of other options which are effective.
Step 3: Once the white footed ant problem has been eradicated, you can help keep them from re-invading by carrying out regular sanitation as well as putting in place some habitat modifications and exclusion measures to make your home less appealing to white footed ants. This can be done by: reducing moisture by fixing leaks, thoroughly cleaning your home (particularly the kitchen) to clear up crumbs and grease, sealing up cracks and crevices with caulk, clearing off debris and firewood from your home and trimming trees that touch your home.
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