Killing Ants

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by ortizlandscaping, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. ortizlandscaping

    ortizlandscaping LawnSite Member
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    It seems like a lot of my customers have ant problems. I've never even sprayed my own house, how do I go about this? How do you guys usually charge? per sq. ft? standard price?

    Please help.
  2. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    California has some very strict Pest Control laws and licensing procedures. You must have a Pesticide license to perform this type of work.
  3. ortizlandscaping

    ortizlandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I should look into that before considering....thanks for the advice
  4. Frank Fescue

    Frank Fescue LawnSite Senior Member
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    don't just look into it, do it. better to stay on the up and up unless you have some very tricky moves.
  5. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sometimes doing it is harder than it appears. I am not sure but believe California is one of those states that requires several years of experience to even sit for what I have heard is a very hard certification test.

    I hate to think about all the hassle I went too, to get my Florida certification. But I will also admit there is a big market in Fire Ant control in all the warm season states. Fire Ants are easy to suppress but very hard to control.
  6. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I have a couple of brother-in-laws who own ANTAC ( ) in San Diego. They are making an absolute fortune doing pest control (specifically ants) down there. Emulated and tweaked the Orkin model and are now living like spoiled rich kids... (while I sit here sweating my butt off to pay my mortgage)...
  7. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    In certain States like California, New York and Florida a Pesticide license is a License to steal. I can suppress Ants on a 10K property for under $ 3.00 in chemicals and the surfactant costs more than the insecticide. A Lowballer in my area is living high on the hog doing nothing but Fire Ant suppression. He does mostly low end properties like trailer parks etc. I would like to go that route also but just don't have the energy to pursue it. Lawn Care has the lowest margin of pest control in my area because of Fertilizer costs. In lawn care we must inventory many different chemicals from herbicides to fungicides etc. With Ant control that chemical inventory is very small.

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