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Ants getting into the bathroom through the extractor vent? On today’s edition of the Pestgeek Podcast, host and integrated pest control management expert Frank ‘The Pestgeek’ Hernandez inspects a south Florida home for white footed ants over bathroom vents and finds evidence such as the smell of dampness in the attic crawlspace.
As Frank is unaware of what kind of treatment has been applied by other pest management companies dealing with this issue at this home, he is wearing a respirator to protect himself. Safety first!
As he finds evidence of moisture, this issue provides a good possibility of difficult (‘white-footed ants’) which are known to be attracted to moisture. In addition to this, a careful inspection of the bathroom extractor may signal an entry point of ants climbing up to roof because of the trees and using the bathroom extractor to get into the bathroom. A lot of dead ants in the insulation.
Dead ants over the toilet also seem to suggest this possibility. Diagnosing difficult ant problems is a challenge. Entry points are currently being treated but we are still trying to find out how they are getting in. What’s next? The typical Delta dust pyrethroid pesticide used by most pest control companies is not the answer here.
At this juncture Diatomaceous Earth (powder made from diatomaceous earth and selected baits that causes insects to dehydrate and die within 48 hours after contact) or Silica Gel (a desiccant known to whisk away moisture to create a protective environment of dry air) is the best option to deal with this as we work to find a solution to this difficult ant problem.
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