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Keep ants away from your home with professional treatment


Last updated 9/7/2007 at Noon

If ants showed up only at picnics, perhaps they’d be easier to tolerate. Instead, they can make their way through the tiniest gaps and appear unwelcome in most any area of the home. As the number one “nuisance pest” in the US, ants enter homes to find food and water. This means that no matter how a home is constructed, where it’s located or how old it is, it could be invaded by ants.

This year, as homeowners scurry around to buy traps and over-the-counter remedies, experts are leaning the other way and advising of the newest professional treatment trend.

“We hear from frustrated callers every week who have unsuccessfully tried every do-it-yourself ant control product on the shelf,” notes Glen Fowler of Fowler Pest Control. “When you add up the time and money they’ve spent trying to rid their homes of ants, it would have been less expensive and a whole lot easier to call a pest professional to get it done right the first time.”

“Effective ant control begins with a professional inspection and treatments using the most technologically advanced products available,” advises Fowler. “Professional treatments like Phantom insecticide and Termidor insecticide/termiticide are both undetectable, allowing the ants to pass through the treated zone and become carriers, spreading the treatment to other ants they contact.

“A pest professional can apply Phantom to trouble spots inside your home and Termidor around your home’s foundations to reach the outdoor nests where the ants live. Most ant species are controlled within a week of application.”

Ants need food and water and a way to gain access to a home. Since they can be very persistent, homeowners need to be just as persistent by taking some simple steps toward controlling these nuisance pests.

Inside, homeowners should clean up spilled food and beverages, diligently take out the trash and rinse out jars and containers before placing them in trash cans and recycling bins. Outside, doors and windows should be sealed, rain gutters should be kept clean to prevent moisture inside walls and trees and shrubs should be trimmed away from the house.

According to Fowler, homeowner mentality is quickly shifting toward the time-efficient, affordable, peace of mind outlook that comes with having a pest professional tackle ant invasions. Today, the sight of a pest management vehicle outside an ant-infested home signifies a determined, intelligent means of detecting and ridding a home of a pest that poses a major threat to homes, apartments and other structures throughout the area.

Phantom and Termidor treatments can be made only by licensed pest professionals who have been trained and certified to use the products. For more information, visit or call (760) 723-2592.


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