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White Footed Ant Elimination and Control Measures

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Once White-Footed Ants have infested a structure, it is doubtful that they will ever be totally eliminated from the building.  We can, however, implement measures to keep existing infestations manageable and help un-infested homes from being invaded.    If you live in an area where white footed ants are a potential problem, preventative treatments would indeed be wise.
  Prevention is the best line of defense against the establishment of any pest insect.

A concentrated effort (using several different control methods) is your only chance of getting a handle on white footed ant infestations.  This effort is Integrated Pest Management (IPM) at its best.  In this section, we will cover:

Using only one ant control method will probably result in failure.
Using several in concert will achieve best results.

Structural Change:
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Relatively small ants, such as the white-footed ant can fit through extremely small openings to gain access into the home.  If these entry points can be located, they can be blocked by application of caulk or some other exclusion device.  This can also help to prevent other insects from gaining access into your home.
Sanitation can also help to prevent infestation by white-footed ants, as well as other ant species. Eliminate ant access to sugars within the home.  Clean areas where food is handled and quickly and thoroughly clean up spilled, sugar-based foods.  In addition, store food in containers with tight fitting lids.  Also, eliminate potential food sources outside, such as by controlling pests in your landscape that produce honeydew.    In addition, trim tree branches away from the structure, this will help prevent ants within the tree from gaining access to the structure.  Removal of fallen leaves and compost piles near the structure has also proven to be an effective sanitation procedure by removing desirable habitat.

Baiting for White Footed Ants:
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With only half of the colony foraging and feeding on outside sources, ant baits will not eliminate white footed ant colonies.  Baits are sometimes used to help reduce the visible worker ants (those foraging in the open) inside homes -- but that is all that baits can do.  The interior half of the ant colony (which feeds on trophic eggs) are not killed by baits because the ant bait is never transferred to them.  If you desire to bait indoors, use either Maxforce FC Ant Bait Stations or Dual Choice Ant Bait Stations.  Outdoors, you might see white footed ants taking a bait but (just like the indoor baiting) the colony is not being damaged to any great extent.

Eliminating Ant Mounds
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Inspect and locate any outdoor colonies on your property and eliminated them by drenching.  Drenching ant beds simply means using enough insecticide solution to the point of where you are drowning all possible ants in the area.  This method works better than trying to kill the ant bed with sprays or spot-treating with insecticide granules.  Use the same Talstar Concentrate that you use to spot treat indoors and broadcast outdoors.  As little as 1/4 ounce of Talstar per gallon of water is all that is necessary.  A gallon of solution is required for a mound whose base is one foot in diameter; smaller mounds require less, large ones require more insecticide solution.  When used according to label instructions, Talstar will not leach into water supplies once it is allowed to dry, making it very safe for the environment.  Keep children and pets off all properly treated surfaces until dry.  The treated area will at that time be safe.

Pesticides for Killing and Controlling Whitefooted Ants

A combination of products and methods must be used. Indoor baits might help reduce the population to some extent but does not really harm the colony.
It seems that the best control is to use the following:
Broadcast Talstar (granules or concentrate) over the entire property and at least repeat application 3 times each year. Talstar should also be sprayed (with a pump type garden sprayer) on the exterior and interior of the structure. On the outside, spray every possible entry point and hiding place, every little crack or crevice where an ant (or other pests) might enter. Indoors, spray any area where ants are most likely to encounter the material. Talstar has no odor, is less toxic than the harsh Dursban, Diazinon, Spectracide, Rid-A-Bug type products, and gives an incredibly long residual indoors and out. Outdoors, Talstar has been known to kill ants for more than 2 months with one application, if applied properly.
Indoors, you must also apply an insecticide dust to any crack, crevice, hiding place, entry point, wall void or attic -- places where ants are most likely to hide, colonize, forage for food, etc. Delta Dust is the best insecticide dust for killing white footed ants.   Delta Dust should be used where you cannot treat with a spray and where people and pets cannot come into contact with the material. Dusts (such as Delta Dust, Drione Dust) are very safe to use, when applied as directed by the label.
In summary, you need:
Talstar, Delta Dust, a hose-end sprayer for outdoors, a pump style garden sprayer for indoors and outside surface of your home and a Crusader Duster for applying your Delta Dust, which is water-proof.

Summary

  1. Seal all possible entry points leading into your home.
  2. Trim branches (shrubs, trees, etc.) away from the structure.
  3. Remove any excess vegetation, compost or mulch if too close to the building
  4. Remove all possible food sources indoors (good sanitation) and outdoors (treat for aphids, scales on plants.)
  5. Locate and drench all existing mounds with an approved synthetic insecticide.   Talstar is best.
  6. Broadcast area with Talstar to kill foraging workers and prevent ants from migrating to your property.
  7. Spot-treat indoors with a low odor insecticide (Talstar is best) to kill any existing white footed ants that forage inside your home.
  8. Dust all wall voids, cracks, crevices, attics (above and below insulation!), crawl spaces.  Any place where you cannot spray, where people and pets do not contact but where ants can hide should be dusted.  Delta Dust is best for killing ants, white footed ants and other insects.

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