Sunday, December 28, 2014

Kill Ghost Ants With Baits

Ghostbusters frequently employ bait to trap the ants. A top-rated bait is one that succeeds in getting at the queen. It is best to use a slow-acting bait as this is sure to get the queen. An ideal bait is one that contains sugars, some other insects and grease. Place the bait in strategic positions where you know the ants will appear. The foraging ants will not only eat their fill but also carry some of the bait to the queen and rest of the colony.

The use of residual sprays or dusts stress Ant colonies, causing them to split into sub-colonies and scatter. This scattering, also called budding, multiplies the number of Ant colonies, and thereby multiplies your Ant Control.

When you bait, use a slow-acting bait. Quick-kill insecticides and baits will only kill the foraging Ants, not allowing those worker Ants to take the bait back home to feed the queen, nest workers, and brood.

If the Ant bait that you are currently using is not effective (if the Ants are not visiting the bait) you will need to change the baits. Slow-acting baits provide a variety of the foods the Ants find in nature. Examples are: other insects (proteins/grease-based baits), nectar, aphid honeydew, and plant products (sugar and carbohydrates found in sweet-based baits).

Choosing a bait requires an understanding of the nutritional needs of the colony. To be sure that you have all the baiting needs met, you may want to be ready with a sugar/carbohydrate-based bait, a grease/fat-based bait, and a protein-based bait.

Ghost Ants tend to forage in a random pattern, so that feeding trails may be more difficult to recognize. These Ants have a high need for water and may be commonly found in or around kitchens, baths, or other moisture sources.

IMPORTANT NOTE: REMOVE ALL OTHER FOOD COMPETITION WHEN BAITING AND LEAVE THE BAIT ALONE ONCE THE ANTS START FEEDING ON IT.

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