Ant Problem Has Gotten Worse

Question: Since my initial Orkin service one week ago, my ant problem has gotten worse. The ants are in the kitchen now, where initially they were not. What can be done to keep the ants at bay while waiting for extra service?

ANSWER: Call your local Orkin branch and schedule a follow-up visit, if it has not already been scheduled. Ants are very difficult to control, and you have taken the correct first step by seeking professional help.

After an initial service, pest activity will often increase due to the products being used. If baits are used, they may be foraging and find the bait which contains a food source for them. Depending on the product used by your Orkin Man, the insects will react in different ways.

In general, baits are the best method of ant control, but this takes time and patience. There are some dry or granular baits available, but the best formulations are liquids or gels. As these baits are a food source for the ants, your Orkin Man needs your help in eliminating the competing food sources in your home by keeping the areas free from any food debris.

They will place the baits where you have seen the most activity. The Orkin Man may need to use several different kinds of ant bait, and switch them periodically. Ants have preferences for different foods throughout the various seasons, thus the need for different baits. Control does take time.

Often, the use of a non repellent spot treatment may be indicated in conjunction with the baiting program. Your Orkin Man will determine whether or not this is the case during the follow-up visit.


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