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Controlling Ants

 
Ants in your Plants?

In the past few years ants have been aggravating gardens throughout the Edmonton area. To effectively control ants, it’s important to understand how they live and work. Ants are mostly scavengers, foraging for food several yards from the colony. Though the adults feast on insects, spiders and even sap (NOT live plants) they can be a nuisance in our lawns and gardens by their tunneling activity (creating hills, drying out plant roots).

 

These working ants come and go from the hill, however the queen remains underground. Because the queen regulates the activity of the colony, control is aimed at eliminating her. Effective control will mean getting the chemical down into the hill.

Hills that are found in the lawn or garden can be treated with Wilson’s Ant Out or Sevin Insecticide. They are simply mixed up according to the directions and the solution is used to thoroughly water the hill. Reapplication may be necessary if the ants reappear.
For the most accurate application in a hill, poke several holes into the hill then water in with the chemical solution.
 

Doktor Doom stocks two very effective ant killers. Doktor Doom residual leaves a long lasting residue that provides effective treatment of ants in and around plant material. Simply spray the hill and areas surrounding it, including sidewalk and patio areas. Best control is achieved when you poke holes deep into the hill then direct the aerosol spray into those holes. For hard to reach areas such as sidewalk cracks and crevices, Doktor Doom Ant Eliminator has a nozzle designed to get the residual foam deep down into tight areas. The foam then expands to leave an effective residue that will kill ants on contact.

For an organic control, beneficial nematodes can be quite effective. The AntBuster Nematodes contains thousands of these microscopic organisms that will colonize in the soil, and attack any nearby ants. The product is simply  mixed with water, then watered into the affected areas of the yard or garden with a watering can or hose end sprayer.
 
If you are seeking a cultural control, often disrupting the ant hills by watering or turning the hill over several times will disrupt a colony, forcing it to move on.

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