The great bait debate which is the best Insect bait
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I get asked a lot what is the best bait to use just like I hear what the best product to use.
I got a call last week from an owner wanting to know what natural spray I was using to replace what he is using now for clients who want an alternative. That lead to a 2 hour converasation.
The reality unlike pyrethroid or neonictenoid sprays baits are much more difficult to use.
A year a ago I decided I did not want spray exteriors anymore we had had great success with baits for 6 years in the interiors and wanted have the same success outside.
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What ant are you dealing with
Glucose Feeding Ant
Protein Feeding Ant
Flow of Carbohydrates, Lipids, and Protein Among Colonies of Polygyne Red Imported Fire Ants, Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Food and Bait Preferences of Liometopum occidentale (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Disadvantage of using baits
Baits don’t last long outside.
Baits require a longer learning curve.
Avoid using together with repellents.
Advantages of using baits
Baits wipe out colonies even on others properties.
Baits use a lot less pounds of active ingredient.
The insect knows where it lives you don’t.
No one bait will solve all of your pest problems just like no one EC will solve every pest problem.
Types of baits available
Dominant Sodium Tetraborate Dicahydrate (Borax) – 1%
Dominant Sodium Tetraborate Dicahydrate (Borax) – 5.4%
Terro PCO Sodium Tetraborate Dicahydrate (Borax) – 5.4%
Intice Thiquid Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate (borax), 5.0%
The right formulation to allow workers to take bait back and not consume it themselves
Dilution to 1% – 2.5% with water
Baits in stations
Crack and Crevice
Place product in inaccessible areas
Granular fine and course
Maxforce Complete Hydramethylnon Class 20
Invict Express Imidacloprid Class 22
Advion Indoxocarb Class 22
Bait Active ingredients
Borates Class 8
Intice, Terro, Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate – Borax
Ant gourmet Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate Nibor D – Mop Up Water Heat Treated Soluble
Amdro Sodium Tetraborate Pentahydrate
Bor8 Rods Anhydrous Disodium Octaborate
Neonicetenoids Class 4
Optiguard Thiamethoxam Class 4 Neonictenod
Alpine Dinotefuran Class 4 Ant & Roach Gel
Invict Express Imidachloprid Class 4 Maxforce Fly Bait
In a Class by Themselves
Advion Indoxacarb Class 22 Ant & Roach Gel & Stations, Insect & Fire Ant Bait Granule, Granual
Siesta Fire Ant Bait Metaflumizone Class 22
Maxforce Fipronil Class 2 Ant & Roach Gel & Stations, Insect & Fire Ant Bait Granule, Carpenter ant gel and granual
Hydramethylnon Class 20 Maxforce Complete, bait stations, granular bait, roach gel fire ant.
Advance 375A Abamectin Class 6 Protein Based Bait
Placing stations with four targeted baits
What ant are you dealing with
Place 3 or four baits that ant is on the label
Place 3 or 4 stations around the property
Place a small amount in each station
Come out the next day and identify what bait was taken most apply that bait around the property.