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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.

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How To Get Rid of Rover Ants: 4 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.

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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.

Learn More About The Rover Ant

The rover ant is scientifically known as the Brachymyrmex patagonicus, but for pronunciations sake, we’ll stick with rover ant. The rover ant is a small dark reddish-brown species of ant with light colored tarsi and mandibles and antennae which are a brownish yellow color. Rover ants have a peciularly shaped head where it is wider than it is long. The eyes of a rover ant are on the larger in comparison with other ants; about as long as the length of the malar space.


Because of the rover ants very miniscule size and ant color which is common with a number of different ant species, the rover ant has often been confused for many other ant types. In fact early literature on the rover ant misidentified them as other species of ants such as the little black ant.


The rover ant has become a prominent issue in recent years, emerging in abundance in various regions of the southern United States. Pest control operators and homeowners have been encountering this rover ant more often in places like Alabama and Mississippi as well as Texas. Based on their abundance and prevalence, it has been observed that rover ants are capable of rapid reproduction and spread. While they have not been a damaging insect, they are becoming a nuisance pest in residences and structures where they have ventured.


Rover Ant Biology

The rover ant outdoors are regularly found in rotting wood and soil where they create their nest. Rover ants are versatile in that they can form nests in a variety of habitats ranging from sand at the base of plants, soil in rich forest areas, and hardwood mulch in residential areas. While the rover ants prefers to be outdoors, rover ants will venture inside a household while foraging for food. Rover ants presence has been increasing in homes and other man-made buildings and structures.


One of the main factors why the rover ant has been able to thrive in the United States may be due to its adaptability and knack for surviving in a variety of habitats, especially places which have been under stress. Other contributing reasons for the increase in prevalence of rover ants may be  its ability to coexist with a variety of other ant species.


Rover ants have been known to live amongst other species of ants which are more dominant such as pyramid ants, the Imported Red Fire Ant and other more dominant species of ant which are willing to live in conjunction with other species.


Rover Ant Origin

Rover ants are believed to have originated from Argentina though there is speculation that they may be native elsewhere since there were reports of rover ants found in Japan as well as Madagascar in Africa.


The rover ant was first reported from the United States in the city of St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana in 1978 from a single colony collected in 1976 from sawdust beneath a recently cut live oak tree. Entomologists at the times reasoned that the rover ant could have been introduced into the United States through New Orleans, which is a reasonable entry point for tropical species, although other localities, such as Mobile, Alabama, or Pensacola, Florida, are just as likely.


Currently, the Rover ant, has been spreading across much of the Southeastern United States including: Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas.


Rover ants have been observed as being very opportunistic, are habitat flexible. They are known to enter houses, hospitals, schools, or other man-made structures to forage and/or nest. Occasionally rover ant infestations may be quite big in size, with reports of nests being discovered in the structure of the buildings, especially in bathrooms and kitchens, in light sockets and in electrical outlets, inside cinder blocks of outdoor walls, and under shingles.


How To Control Rover Ants

Observations from pest control experts have noted that rover ants are especially attracted to sweet foods, most notable sweet liquids and will venture into the home in search of sweets. With this being the case, there are sweet ant baits which can be used such as InTice Rover Ant Bait and Ant-Trax Ant Gel Bait.

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