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George writes,

Don't bite the granules, ignore the liquid bait... What to do next?

I have discovered a newly established nest(s) of carpenter ants in the soil of the yard (they moved from the neighbor's yard couple of weeks ago. I caught them when they were transporting the eggs. I sprinkled the granules (past weekend) around the nest entrance, but they had very little to no interest. I put some liquid MaxForce bait in the bait station - no interest whatsoever. I even sprayed them with Dominion 2L when they were moving their eggs (about 2-3 weeks ago). So far, they feel very comfortable where they are. Although I have seen some dead ant bodies that ants carry back to the nest(s), nothing else changed. Any suggestions please?


We recommend that you do a complete perimeter treatment with the Dominion 2L. Dominion 2L can take 3-4 weeks to kill off an entire ant colony but if the ants come into contact with the treated area it will eventually kill them. Treating with Dominion 2L eliminates the need for the ants to accept baits. There are certain species of ants that do not readily accept bait and you may have misidentified the ants you are seeing as Carpenter Ants. There are certain species that develop what is known as trophic eggs and that is what is fed to nest-mates and there are other species that more or less farm aphids and they consume the honeydew that is produced by the aphids.

Carpenter Ant Control

Answer last updated on: 07/12/2011

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