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Getting Rid of Ants – Baiting vs. Spraying?

Are you being ant-agonized Ants are a super annoying nuisance that most homeowners want to get rid of ASAP. If you have been doing some research on getting rid of your ant problem, you’ve likely come across ant baiting and ant spraying, but what’s the difference?

What is ant baiting?

Ant baits contain insecticides mixed with materials that attract worker ants looking for food. Ant baits are a crucial tool to manage ants and the only type of insecticide recommended for most scenarios. Ants are attracted to the bait and recruit other workers to it. Workers carry small portions of the bait back to the nest where it is transferred mouth to mouth to other workers, larvae, and queens to kill the entire colony. Bait products must be slow-acting so that the foraging ants have time to make their way back to the nest and feed other colony members before they die from the bait. When properly used, baits are more effective and safer than sprays.

What is ant spraying?

You can use sprays inside to supplement baiting. If the ants in your home have already established an indoor food supply, they may ignore baits. It is best practice to buy an ant spray that is non-repellent to keep the ants from detecting the spray. This inconspicuous method will allow them to walk through the treated areas and pick up the product on their bodies so they can take it back to their colony. A non-repellent spray will not typically kill on contact and will take more time before it starts killing the ants. However, it will ultimately be more devastating to the colony over the long-term as it spreads and infects more ants. 

Ant killer sprays kill on contact, but only about 20 percent of an ant colony will even step foot outside. This leaves most of the ant colony still intact. This means more frequent re-treatment will be needed to eliminate an ant problem completely. A better spray option is a non-repellent spray that is specifically formulated for outdoor use. Ants are less likely to avoid spots where these sprays are applied and take them back to the colony. 

Key differences between ant baiting and ant spraying

Key Differences. You can use baits and sprays in various combinations, but a typical treatment involves spraying outside and baiting inside. This is especially true when treating opportunistic ants that prefer to nest outdoors but may occasionally enter buildings searching for resources.

Baits and sprays differ in how they are formulated and applied, and they exhibit several other significant differences. One major difference is longevity. Spray treatments will last a lot longer than baits. It depends on the active ingredient and environmental conditions, but typically, an outdoor spray application will last between four-12 weeks. On the other hand, a bait application may only last a few days before all of the bait is consumed and degraded by rain or being dried out by the sun. It’s also possible for it to be destroyed by non-targets like rodents, birds, and, occasionally, household pets.

Another difference is the effective range. Sprays are generally non-selective and are effective on a wide range of ant species and other predomestic pests such as cockroaches, termites, pillbugs, spiders, and earwigs, beetles, and crickets. On the other hand, the window of activity for baits is a lot more narrow. This is because they are specifically formulated for ants, are consumed mostly by ants, and, as a result, kill only ants. Competition for the bait among different ant species may prevent some species from consuming the bait and limit mortality to the dominant species.

There are also differences between baits and sprays regarding their effectiveness relative to how well they sanitize. Lack of sanitations does not negatively affect sprays, including competing for food sources. The spray’s effectiveness can be improved by the lack of sanitation, like applications made in areas where ants are actively foraging for food (e.g., around garbage cans or landscape plants harboring honeydew-producing insects). Baits,unlike sprays, are negatively affected by a lack of sanitation. The presence of competing for food resources from honeydew-producing insects or human food may severely limit bait intake and efficacy.

Another critical difference is how much experience is needed to use each product. Sprays are applied according to standard pesticide labels. They typically require less experience and less knowledge of pest biology and are more forgiving when applied correctly. Baits are far less tolerant and may require a more experienced technician to identify the species of ant, understand the feeding and foraging habits of the different species, and pinpoint the exact nesting locations.

Finally, a significant difference is the cost between the two ant killing products. Similar to sprays, active ingredients cost much more when incorporated into baits. The active ingredient in one popular ant control product costs $1.50 per gram when formulated into a liquid spray formulation. The same active ingredient costs $557 per gram when incorporated into a gel bait. The active ingredient in another commonly used ant product costs $1.20 per gram when formulated as a spray and $26,667 per gram when developed as a gel bait. 

In summary, spray formulations show several attributes that make them highly attractive and highly suitable for effective pest management. 

Remember that ant control treatment plans should include killing the entire colony. Just spraying an ant with a typical ant spray, will only kill a few at best and scatter the colony.

For all of your ant-exterminating needs, contact Venom Pest Control today. Expect excellence with Venom Pest Control. Our goal is to deliver the best pest control experience you have ever had.

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Pest Control in a Post-COVID World

It’s called the “contractor conundrum”: Should you let a stranger into your home right now, even if you have a pest control problem? The quick answer is: Yes! As long as you take precautions, you can mitigate the risk of catching COVID-19 when using a contractor.

 

Florida is home to all kinds of pests, including rats, mice, and at least 12,500 insect species (including various termites!). Pandemic, or no pandemic, these pests continue to be a nuisance. Follow the tips below when using pest control services in a post-COVID world. 

 

#1. Maintain social distancing

 

Social distancing — keeping at least 6 feet apart from anyone not in your household, according to the CDC — could prevent the spread of the virus. Before inviting contractors into your home, lay down some ground rules. Ultimately, contractors should maintain distance when working in your home to carry out pest control services. 

 

It works both ways: Contractors also expect you to keep your distance inside your home. This won’t prevent contractors from carrying out essential pest control services.

 

#2. Encourage handwashing/hygiene protocols

 

The CDC recommends that individuals wash their hands with soap and water regularly. Contractors are no different. Inform your pest control company that they must respect hygiene protocols in your home.

 

Pest control companies should bring their handwashing supplies, but provide an extra bottle of hand sanitizer or two. You should also make it easy for contractors to access water from your kitchen or bathroom.

#3. Clean up at the end of the day

 

Contractors should clean up tools and any surfaces at the end of the day. This includes wiping down high-touch surfaces, such as doorknobs, countertops, and tables. Contractors must do this. Cleaning can protect you and your family from the virus.

 

So it’s so important to hire a pest control service that takes the proper COVID-19 precautions

 

Final Word

It’s a strange time, but there’s no reason you can’t enlist the services of a reputable and experienced pest control specialist in Florida. Social distancing, regular handwashing, and cleaning can slow down the spread of the virus. 

 

Are you looking for a pest control service in Florida? Venom Pest Control is a family-owned Clermont company with years of experience. Call 352.223.3618 or learn more here

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Why Bed Bugs Require Special Treatment

What Are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs have been around for at least 3,000 years. Imagine living with them in an age before pest control! They are a small, almond-shaped parasite that feeds off of human blood and live to eat and breed. They hide in areas like mattress covers, headboards, and any furniture creases. And since they usually come out at night when you’re sleeping, people rarely see them until there is a real problem. Having bed bugs does not mean that your house isn’t clean or that you are messy. They’re found everywhere. From movie theaters and cruise ships, to hotels buses, and many areas where people congregate. Bed bugs used to be more of a problem in developing countries but now they have found their way to the United States. Also, Europe and Canada, where they are becoming more prevalent.
They serve no purpose in the food change or ecologically so there’s no reason they shouldn’t be eradicated. The problem is, they’ve evolved. In the Twentieth Century, they were almost eradicated. Yet, the bed bug became immune to the forms of pest control used on them and they came back with an extreme resurgence.
What makes it worse is that the bed bug is tiny and often hard to spot until there is a heavy infestation. Since some people aren’t as allergic as others, an infestation often becomes out of control before a person realizes they have one. Another issue is that even those who are allergic to the bites may have no clue what the welts on their body are or what is causing them to itch. And yes, they can feed off of our pets too but prefer humans.

As notated by the CDC:

It is hard to tell if you have a bed bug bite unless you find bed bugs or signs of infestation. When bed bugs bite, they inject an anesthetic and an anticoagulant that prevents a person from realizing they are being bitten. Most people do not realize they have been bitten until bite marks appear anywhere from one to several days after the initial bite. The bite marks are similar to that of a mosquito or a flea — a slightly swollen and red area that may itch and be irritating.

Are They Dangerous?

For the most part, bed bugs are not dangerous. There have been incidents where a person became anemic with many bites but that is usually with an extreme infestation. In one case, a patient’s hemoglobin levels dropped from a normal 147 to 80. While this is not the norm, no one wants to take that chance.
Yet, it is a common fact for those who have lived with these pests to experience anxiety, skin problems, and insomnia. They are not pleasant and cause a lot of grief. Since they hang out where we sleep, they make getting rest difficult. Especially for those who experience itching and rashes from their bites.

What Can You Do and How Do You Get Rid of Them?

The first thing you can do is to see if you may have a bed bug problem. They hide well in the daytime so it is important to use a flashlight to check your bedding. You may also look for tiny brown spots which is a crushed bed bug or its feces. These marks look similar to a marker point. Sometimes tiny shells may be present where the bed bug has molted. And if you see live ones, then you have a problem. If you think you have bed bugs but cannot find them, a professional can do an inspection to be sure.
Bed bugs do not go away with over-the-counter methods. With DDT banned for agricultural uses worldwide by the 2001 Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, regular chemicals don’t do the job. According to some, this is the reason they have made a comeback. In New York City alone, there are around 5,000 instances of bed bug infestations – and that is just one city.
Professionals have the means to get rid of the problem so you don’t have to. Many people spend hundreds (or more) of dollars trying to do it themselves and it doesn’t work. Not only does this lead to extra expenses, it allows your bed bug population to grow. You may grow more frustrated and even throw out your furniture only to find that they never left. No one should have to live like that.
What you can do is change your bedding nightly, vacuum the floors, and keep rooms free of clutter. Bed bugs usually live within 8 feet of their human host so if you have them, they are nearby. There are specific things your professional will need you to do but it’s worth it to get a good night’s sleep without those pesky bed bugs.
If you suspect you have bed bugs, call us at 352-223-3618 to schedule a free inspection or click here to contact us.

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Do You Have Spider Egg Sacs?

If you have spider egg sacs on your home or business it can only mean one thing…you do not use Venom Pest Control. When you see egg sacs like the ones pictured, it is important to brush them off and then treat the area so your spiders do not multiply. Call or visit us online to schedule a free inspection www.venompest.net. Get ‘er done!

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Hello, Black Widow Spider!

 

Found in local garages and yards, the female black widow spider is considered the most venomous spider in North America. The venom of the black widow spider is very toxic. Only the female black widow is dangerous to humans. They have a reddish hourglass shape on the underside of their abdomens and they like to live underneath our stuff. Did you know the female black widow will sometimes kill and eat the male after mating? Ouch! What’s lurking in your garage? venompest.net.