Originally Posted by the_bug_guy
most important before you bait for ants is to find out what kind of ants you have.
Fipronil will kill them all but.... not on the label. Fipronil is not being found in streams it has been found in all the wrong places by inspectors that were sprayed by licensed pest control companies. One was in Georgia and was doing pest control work in nursing homes in florida. They had on the service sheet of using termidor in the kitchen and patients rooms as a crack and crevice spray and signed by the technician. Big problem... Company in GA cant spray in florida and termidor is not a crack and crevice chemical. They find it all the time. Inspectors take a Q-Tip dipped in water and swap where the pest control company sprayed at and the test will show what was sprayed.... They got ya and the fine is huge. As the inspector told me. more reports come in that it is being used against label is one more nail in the coffin for a good chemical
It been a couple years but I remember the nursing home/termidor story had some HUGE FINES and loss of certification in both states. The states threw the book at them. If I remember correctly this was a story in one of the Industry Magazines.
If you want a cheap and good control of Carpenter Ants try placing the Carpenter Ant bait on there trails and wait 6 weeks for total control. Baits work but use a slow acting poison so it travel all the way to the queen or queens in Carpenter ant's case. The Terro Bait stations that you buy at the super market are not to great for Carpenter Ants but get most all other ants IF you mix it 50/50 with water. Terro is too strong and works better when cut in half. Be sure to use a Bait designed for Carpenter Ants. It is structural IPM ID the target and follow control protocol.