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How To Control Rover AntsRover ant

One of the most common ant problems that can occur in a home is an infestation by Rover ants. Unlike other species of ants, control of this type of ant can be particularly difficult to control because of its adaptability and resistance to most pesticides.

Rover ants are very small and can range from pale blond to dark brown in color. They look slightly different from other ants in that they have 9 segmented antennae and an uneven thorax.

Outdoors, rover ants can be found on the soil and tend to set up nests under mulch, in places of heavy vegetation such as gardens as well as rotting wood, under rocks or potted plants. Rover ants are able to easily enter through home by traveling through pipes, cracks, windows and doors or by climbing over tree branches close to the home. Indoors, they are common in areas that are high in moisture, such as bathrooms or around plumbing and water heaters as well as kitchens.

If your home has become infested with rover ants, Solutions Pest and Lawn can equip you with the professional grade products and knowledge to eliminate the infestation yourself. Keep reading below to learn the best recommended products for rover ant control and the best strategy to tackle these nuisances.

How To Get Rid of Rover Ants: 3 Step Solution

Treating your home or place of business for rover ants is not as simple as purchasing an insecticide product and spraying it around and calling it a day. Rover ants respond well to basic ant treatments and can develop a tolerance that will render treatments ineffective. As frustrating as they may be, there is a way to approach rover ants that will effectively eliminate them. By following the steps we laid out below you can get rid of rover ants all by yourself.

Step 1: Locate areas of high ant activity. This will require a very thorough inspection of your home and yard. Examine closely any rover ants that are traveling about and make note of the trails they are on. If you have the time, you can even follow the ant until they head back to their highly concentrated activity areas and possibly their nesting site. If the trail isn’t made obvious, use a harmless bait like peanut butter and wait for ants to come to it and you will then notice their ant trail. If you happen to find the colony or nest, treat with an insecticide like Reclaim IT. Use a hose end sprayer to apply to highly active areas.

Step 2: If you don’t have the time to invest to find the ant colony or it’s hard to find, you can try to eliminate rover ants through baiting. What we recommend is a sugar-based sweet bait such as Ficam or Advance Dual Choice.  Indoors we recommend using Terro. Please allow up to 2 weeks to see results with baiting since baits are slow-acting but it is almost always more effective than spraying indoors because the ants have time to take the bait back to their colonies to share it and poison the population.

Step 3: You can use a non-repellent spray like Fipro to create a barrier around your home to aid in keeping ants out of your home.  Apply in voids, cracks and crevices. Spray in areas where baiting is not practical.

Step 4: If the bait is successful in eliminating the rover ant population, you will still need to take proactive measures to ensure they don’t return. This includes implementing preventative measures such as: 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.

Browse our recommended products for treating rover ants below. You can call, email or live chat with us online any time you wish if you have any questions or concerns or would like free advice or recommendations.


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