Hi, I’m going good with the chippy trap that I bought. Now I see Carpenter ants in my shed and small ants all around my yard. No ants in the house. Can I use one combination of products to apply outside to start to control these pests? Like a spray and a gel? Also, the temp is nearing 40 degrees at night, is this too cold and I should wait until Spring? Thanks so much.
If you read through our CARPENTER ANT CONTROL ARTICLE, you’ll see there are plenty of options available that can handle this pest. Some of these are for treating nests that are active in specific locations. Based on your message, it would seem likely there is a nest in the shed and maybe 1-2 others around the yard. And if you leave them untreated now, no doubt they’ll be back next year and at that time, will be looking to expand their size and territory. My advise is that you knock them out now.
To accomplish this, you could use 2-3 products. The simplest approach would be to bait the shed with some CARPENTER ANT GEL. This will no doubt infiltrate and kill any nests that contains ants that eat some.
Next I’d spray the exterior of the home with some PHANTOM. Lastly, I’d bait the yard with some MAXFORCE GRANULES. This will no doubt take care of most all pests you might have in and around the home and since it’s still early fall, you have plenty of time for these products to take effect and knock them out now.
Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:
Carpenter Ant Control: http://www.carpenterants.com/carpenter-ant-control
Carpenter Ant Gel: http://www.bugspraycart.com/bait/gel/maxforce-carpenter-ant-gel-1-oz
Maxforce Granules: http://www.bugspraycart.com/bait/granule/maxforce-gran