Catalog of Beneficials
AntPro Bait Station
The AntPro® Ant Control System, kills and destroys entire ant colonies, not just individual foraging ants. Its patented round-the-clock, feed-on-demand, liquid bait delivery capability is proven effective against carpenter ants, imported fire ants, Argentine ants, white footed ants, crazy ants, as well as, numerous other ant and insect species. The most important fact to keep in mind is that AntPro accomplishes its task without broadcasting pesticides that sacrifice your health and our environment. Gourmet Ant bait registered in California and has NOP organic listing. See poster on UC study.
AntPro Ant Bait Dispenser
AntPro is a high-volume, weather-tolerant, heavy duty polypropylene, liquid ant bait dispenser designed to deliver low-toxic ant bait solutions which are a combination of insect attractant and slow acting toxicant. Use in conjuction with an integrated approach to ant management, see Ant Interference.
Ant Bait Station Placement
One of the first considerations when using ant bait stations is where to locate them and how many are required to do the job. Whether you are eliminating insects entering a home or office complex; invading a lawn or garden area; or infesting agricultural acreage, there are basic guidelines to follow: Remember the worker ants of most ant species are charged with the responsibility of providing food for the colony and begin by randomly foraging. Most important is that once they have found an adequate food source, they create a pheromone trail, a chemically marked highway, to and from the ant nest. This means that more ant bait stations are not necessarily the answer, but strategic placement is what is important:
Around home and other structures:
Basically, put at least one AntPro ant bait station on each side of the structure, giving consideration to it's size and number of different structure walls. The following are additional important considerations:
Key areas are by acute angles where insects converge from more than one direction to a common corner.
Place a unit, when possible, by the A/C condenser water overflow outlet. Water is always a primary attractant.
North-side with high shade and moist areas.
Where ants are seen trailing.
Most important, do not put bait stations directly over ant nests; do not disturb ant nests; and do not spray the area around them with insecticides.
Avoid locations where substantial water run-off will occur.
Guideline to placement around structures such as homes:
0 - 2,000 square feet, use 4 units
2,000 - 3,000 square feet, use 6 units
3,000 - 5,000 square feet, use 8 units
Lawn, garden and balance of property:
For full property protection, place additional ant bait stations spaced around perimeter of lot. Locate units where ants are most active and preferably in shrub or tree belts so as not to interfere with lawn maintenance. Avoid locations where substantial water run-off will occur.
Guideline to placement around property:
Up to two acre lot size, use a minimum of 4 units (1)
Greater than two acres, use 2 units for each added acre (2)
The number of ant bait stations required per acre depends on the targeted specie (Argentine Ant, White-footed Ant, etc.); the degree of infestation; and the acreage involved and whether it is contiguous acreage.
Guideline to placement: - Contact us for more information.
The AntPro ant bait station, used with a low-toxic, liquid ant bait (such as a 1% boric acid or 5% borax solution), especially Gourmet Liquid Ant Bait, provides an environmentally friendly, weather resistant system that is designed to kill ant colonies, not just ants. The foraging ants carry back this bait solution to the nest to feed the queen and the other workers, and this feeding, slowly, over a period of a few weeks, kills off the entire colony. Then, the AntPro's sustained liquid delivery system continues its ant control by providing a barrier to new infestations.
How to operate:
To fill the AntPro station, unscrew the bait reservoir (bulb) from the base, and pour up to 20 ounces of the liquid ant bait into the reservoir. A minimum of 12 ounces is recommended. While the reservoir is still inverted, reattach it to the base, fully; and turn down the screw to lock the assembly in place so that the unit can be moved safely without leaking.
Choose a level surface, if possible, away from areas where flooding may occur.
Make a small pilot hole in the ground with a screwdriver. Attach the stake to the dispenser using firm pressure until it locks in place.
Insert the dispenser's stake into the pilot hole you made. Press the unit into the ground as level as possible.
Activate the dispenser by loosening the locking screw on the stem of the reservoir. Turn the reservoir counter-clockwise 180 degrees so the arrow points to the activated position (indicated by mark).
To lock in place, re-tighten the locking screw until the top is secure. This restricts unauthorized access to the unit
The AntPro ant bait station will hold and deliver bait for extended periods depending on ant activity and weather conditions (wind, humidity, etc.), but should be emptied, flushed out and refilled with fresh bait, periodically. Ant bait refills are sold separately.
All liquid ant control baits currently recommended for use in conjunction with the AntPro dispenser, are labeled Caution by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is your responsibility to read the accompanying product label, and the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) before opening and using these products.
Be sure not to tilt or jar the AntPro bait station, when activated, so as not to disturb the metering action and cause the liquid to spill out of the unit.
Ant control baiting systems are recommended for exterior application, only, so that insects are not attracted into the house or other structure.
While using the AntPro liquid bait system, do not use insecticides that, although they kill ants quickly, serve to alert the colony to relocate and increase in population.