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LABEL INSTRUCTIONS THOROUGHLY BEFORE USE
Ants are mostly beneficial, feeding on other insects and decomposing plant material. In great numbers, tunneling will cause damage to root systems of plants/lawn. They do not feed directly on plants, but rather on plant debris, rotting wood.
Will see ants scurrying along, may see tunnels in lawns/garden if population is high.
May see them around aphid colonies—they feed on aphid’s honeydew excretions.
Keep garden debris free (ants are feeding on debris).
Pour boiling water down hills.
Keep area well watered—ants don’t prefer wet areas.
Control aphid colonies
Doktor Doom for ant hills, Sevin/liquid Ant Out for larger lawn areas.
Diatomaceous earth; Ant Out has a special attractant that ants will ingest and walk over (other products only work by ant walking over).
Large bumps in lawn, mounds of ‘castings’ (clumps of soil) left on lawn
Dethatch lawn every 2-3 years
Maintain even lawn moisture (2.5cm every week); avoid heavily watered lawns.
Apply a thick layer of sand on lawn; sand irritates worms and they will burrow deeper into soil (as opposed to disrupting thatch layer)
Sevin; ensure you water lawn well before applying. Apply two times, two weeks apart.
Small white moths flying in zig zag pattern - mostly at dusk.
Large in festations will produce yellow/brown spots up to the size of a softball.
To determine if worms are present, pour a soapy solution over the spot - worms will wriggle to the surface.
Cultural or Non-chemical Controls:
Cut out excessive damage.
Water beneficial nematodes into lawn.
Sevin (apply this in evening when larvae are actively feeding).