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Killing Ants


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If you want to control ants you need to know the species of ant you are trying to control. Each ant has different habits and food preferences. Watch this video for more.





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Annita blanco
06 Oct 2009, 02:12
We are going crazy with crazy ants in our home. We had a roof redone about 2 months ago and since then the crazies have moved in to our home. I have had 3 crawl on my arm as I sit here typing to you. We have also had a huge amount of rain here in Morgan City, La. 70380. That seems to make the matter worse.Yhe forecast is for more rain all week long.
My husband took the advice of our son who is a pest control agent. He is spraying like crazy anytime he sees a "line" of ants. Inside we had set ant bait traps and are on the warpath with all out destroying them by hand.
What else can we do? This isn't working effectively but for a short time. I guess the kitchen is the biggest problem. There are always several and the nervy thing come right up to the food I am preparing.
We keep a clean house .There isn't much for them to eat.
Please help us with this ant problem before we go crazy. We are already so frustrated. Our neighors have also commented on this problem, but ours is the worst. Help!
Sincerely,
Annita Blanco
Ask the Exterminator
06 Oct 2009, 17:07
This video clearly tells you to get the ants identified before all else. You didn't! Knowing the ant will tell you where it is nesting and how to control it.
donna
28 May 2010, 23:00
Ants crawling up the wall outside in the into holes, looks like their entering the roof, today they have come under the front door, Please help, the are a small black ant, thousands of them travel together into holes.

Thank You,
Donna
Ask the Exterminator
29 May 2010, 07:58
It's best to know the species of ant before trying to treat, but there are some really good ant control products on the market. I suggest a granular ant bait for the outside perimeter soil and some ant bait gel for the holes. You can buy these products at http://shop.asktheexterminator.com/ants.html.
Tal Sprinkles
03 Jun 2010, 17:55
Are you familiar with a very small black ant that bores into the woody trunk of crepe myrtles and are scattered throughout the lawn and home. They appear to be sugar ants but have not seen them bore into living crepe myrtles before. Saw them traveling in and out of a hole in the trunk, too small to be carpenter ants. All body segments are black under a magnifying glass.
Ask the Exterminator
04 Jun 2010, 10:54
Could be leaf cutter ants, but instead of guessing, simply collect a couple of ants and take them to a pest control company for a free ID. Knowing the ant will tell you where they are breeding and how to control them.
Tal Sprinkles
09 Jun 2010, 19:35
THEY ARE NOT LEAF CUTTER ANTS, THEY LOOK LIKE SUGAR ANTS
Ask the Exterminator
10 Jun 2010, 10:11
A sugar ant is exclusive to Australia. Are you in Australia?
BEE
11 Jun 2010, 14:33
WE'VE BEEN HAVING AN ON GOING PROBLEM IN OUR WORK OFFICE WITH CITRONELLA ANTS, SO WERE TOLD. WE HAVE AN EXTERMINATOR WHO COMES ONCE A WEEK TO CHECK ON THEM. HE HAS PLACED PLUG IN TRAYS ON THE WALLS TO CATCH THEM, ALONG WITH MOUSE GLUE TRAPS. SOME DAYS ARE WORSE THAN OTHERS, CRAWLING ALL OVER THE PLACE. THE TYPE AND COLOR ANTS WERE SEEING ARE BLACK AND THEY DO NOT GIVE OFF A SCENT WHEN KILLED. SO ARE THESE A FORM OF CITRONELLA ANTS, THEY SAY CITRONELLA ANTS ARE YELLOW AND THEY GIVE OFF A SCENT. SHOULD WE BE CONCERNED?????
Ask the Exterminator
11 Jun 2010, 15:12
Go to http://www.asktheexterminator.com/ants/Citronella_Ants.shtml to see pictures of Citronella ants. You ant does not sound like Citronella.
TAL SPRINKLES
23 Jun 2010, 19:41
NOT IN AUSTRALIA, CENTRAL TEXAS, PEST ID BOOK THAT I HAVE REFERS TO THEM AS A SUGAR ANT THAT IS NATIVE TO THE AREA.
diane
29 Jul 2010, 20:41
i have watched your vid. the problem i am having is carpenter ants!!!! i have found a large nest in the jap maple out front of my house and sprayed like a crazy women a month-ago and sprinkled granules for ants around my house and sprayed inside and two whole bottles in the attic. i was just out side with the dog and seen a few ants crawling up the side of my house and into the siding were it meets the stucco. how do i get rid of them once and for all????? please help. thank you.
Ask the Exterminator
30 Jul 2010, 08:40
Tal Sprinkles:

In Texas the Pharaoh ant is sometimes referred to as a "sugar" ant.
Ask the Exterminator
30 Jul 2010, 08:44
Diane,

Carpenter ants frequently infest dead or dying trees. From that nest, other carpenter ants go out in search of food and they often find wood that has been softened from contact with water. My advice would be to track down those ants entering your home and start looking for a moisture problem.

Also, check the granules that your put out and make sure they have carpenter ants listed as a target pest. If not, I sell a carpenter ant bait on this website. Click on "pest control products" at the top of the page. There's a category for ants / carpenter ants.
Carrie
29 Apr 2011, 14:43
We were recently looking into purchasing a log home. While looking at the home we discovered several winged carpenter ants inside one of the bedroom windows. We have not had an inspector look at the extent of the damage as of yet but were told to stay away from something like this. Can this be controled or will we have an ongoing problem?? Can they do damage rather quickly or is extensive damage done over time? Thanks for your help!!!
Ask the Exterminator
29 Apr 2011, 16:38
The presence of Carpenter ants usually indicates a moisture problem. These ants only attack wood softened by water. Fix the moisture problem and treat the ant tunnels. Problem gone!
ken
17 May 2011, 11:38
What is the best way to treat rover ants.
Ask the Exterminatorb
20 May 2011, 07:54
Rover ants are a fairly new species of ant for the U.S., but they are working their way northward. Not much is known about these ants, but since they are sweet-eating ants that eat honeydew, products like Maxforce Ant bait will provide control. You can find Maxforce on this website by clicking on the "Pest Control Products" link at the top of this page.
NORMA
05 Aug 2011, 17:31
WOW
Sean
13 Aug 2011, 13:10
Thanks a lot! You really provided a good service with this site. It is much appreciated. Now to get the whip cracking on some little brown, 10-segment, 2-club, Thief Ants. (glad I bought my kid that microscope):o)
maryland20874
24 May 2012, 05:46
Ants trail to an upper part of my townhome's wood siding from a large nearby tree. Most all of the ants in the trail are very small, but I've seen a few mixed in that are larger at about 3/8", and that makes me worry about having carpenter ants. I only see ants inside near my bay window and front door that simply wander around (infrequently and not trailing).

I am having my front siding redone soon and will be installing all vinyl products. I'm guessing I should begin using baits/granules now, but is there something I should apply to or do to my home before the new insulation/siding goes up? I'm thinking this is a golden opportunity for prevention of ants and any other bugs. I got a suggestion to sprinkle diatomaceous earth everywhere before the insulation is installed.

This is a great website and thank you for your advice!
Pdiddy
10 Jan 2013, 00:16
I have rover any beds in my bedroom walls and the kitchen pantry.
Please let me know the necessary steps to get rid of them forever.
Thanks!!!
sick of ants
05 Jun 2013, 09:25
hi okay so here is the problem. most ants are easy they usually follow a specific path and there is usually a bunch in a line and you can follow them back to their source thereby knowing where to lay the d-con. but I am seeing individual ants on my kitchen counter (with nothing sweet on them as I wipe them down every night with a bleach rag. I always find one on every counter. walking around aimlessly with no real pattern so I cannot find a source do I just have to go through the painstaking process of killing them all individually or is there a better easier way to kill them all as i know there are more.
Ask the Exterminator
05 Jun 2013, 10:46
Identifying the ant species is always recommended. That way, when you buy an ant control product, you can look for your specific ant species on the label. Not all ant products control every species of ant. Get the picture? Now, that said, we find great success using a product called Optigard ant bait gel. I sell it on this website. Click on "Pest Control Products" at the top of the page to find it.
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