According to this study, 100% of the pest control professionals interviewed treated ant infestations in 2011. The most common types of ants found were carpenter ants, odorous house ants and pavement ants.
Here are several key highlights from “Exploring America’s #1 Nuisance Pest“:
— Every participating professional treated ant infestations in 2011. Most treated several hundred infestations, while some treated many more. Carpenter ants (66%), odorous house ants (62%) and pavement ants (59%) were treated most often. Infestations were most common in office buildings (88%), restaurants (83%), apartments and condos (82%), and single-family homes (80%).
— Ant infestations are on the rise. More than 5 out of 10 (54%) pest management professionals report infestations are rising. Reasons include increased moisture (27%), changing pest control practices (22%) and new species (44%).
— Integrated Pest Management (IPM) works. While one out of three pest professionals (33%) considers ants the most difficult pest to control, nine out of ten agree IPM is an effective method of controlling ants. IPM is a process involving common sense and sound solutions. The most popular include clearing shrubs and vegetation from the base of structures (82%) and cleaning up crumbs and spills (81%).
For a full summary of findings and tips for how to prevent ant infestations, visit http://www.Pestworld.org .
So let us ask you… Are you also seeing an increase in ant infestations? What species of ant are you encountering? What is your approach? What products are you using? Please share your experiences here on the blog or on Bug Off Pest Control Center’s Facebook page.
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