May 02, 2013 - 08:30 PM
Exploding carpenter ant population, or just a very active carpenter ant infestation? As the spring and temps warm up, it is very normal to see ants and you haven't seen them before, they could appear to be overpopulated.
Carpenter ants always come from outdoors. Even when they live indoors, they will travel outdoors to find food sources. Their favorite food source is aphids (a plant pest) and honeydew (which aphids secrete).
By placing KM Ant Pro stations outdoors, you are giving them an attractive alternative food source. This is the secret behind the effectiveness of the system. By using nature's own resources (Gourmet Liquid Ant Bait) which contains a special combination of honey's and other ingredients, it mimicks honeydew which is what the carpenter ants are looking for.
When they find the KM Ant Pro Stations with Gourmet Liquid Ant Bait, it usually (99%) of the time becomes their preferred food source. When they begin feeding it slowly kills them and causes the nest to go into a deep decline which normally stops the ants you see, and then when the workers are dead, the queens cannot feed themselves and die.
Be careful using any spray pesticides near or around Carpenter Ants. IT ALWAYS CAUSES PROBLEMS. Carpenter ants are repelled by most pesticides and will go into a division phase in which the colony divides into several new colonies. This is called "budding". You don't want several new carpenter ant nests to deal with.
Advance Carpenter Ant Bait is another good product, but again, short lifespan and if the ants don't find it before it goes rancid, they won't eat it.
Most pest control companies will either spray and pray that they kill the ants, or drill holes in the walls and shoot insecticidal dusts into the walls hoping to kill the ants. This method is hit and miss. Either of these methods can cause "budding" if they use a repellent pesticide.
Other pest control companies will set you up on a regular service and spray every month hoping to kill as many of the workers as possible on each spray visit, also hoping to get a colony "decline" this way. This is an expensive approach, and usually with no set time limit or guarantee.
The KM Ant Pro Liquid Ant Bait Station and system is the best overall and long term solution to carpenter ants, that I have ever seen. This is what our customers say too. We have sold more than 80,000 stations with only a handful of returns.
I highly recommend the KM Ant Pro System and think that you will see success against carpenter ants for much less hassle and money. This is why many pest control companies are starting to use this system "as a service". They too see the advantages of baiting over spraying.