This presents a challenge for pest controllers when implementing a wholistic ant management program to achieve control, whilst keeping the homeowners’ family and pets’ safety in mind. Choosing control agents with the appropriate attributes is critical to achieving success.
- Non-hazardous formulations are preferred if possible when introducing control agents in and around internal and external areas where humans or pets may come in to close contact.
- Longevity of our treatments is also always desirable. Sure, weather and environmental factors play a large part in this however selecting a product that has longevity as one of its key attributes can help allay fears of premature product degradation.
- Broad spectrum control can also be a must-have attribute when selecting products for a wholistic ant management treatment. The use of such products in relation to ant baits will ensure control of a range of different species of ants whether they be protein or sugar feeders.
Damien Bishop from CureAll Pest Control in Brisbane QLD has come up against these challenging conditions and treatments not only over the summer holidays, but year-round as the Queensland climate and lifestyle is quite conducive for residential ant infestations. Maxforce® Quantum is the company’s go-to liquid ant bait amongst an arsenal of liquid sprays and dusts in their ant management toolbox. Baits have been recognized as the best method of delivery of toxicant to an ant colony due to the ongoing transfer of toxicant in social insects. (Dang, 2011)
“It gives us a lot of confidence going into a treatment knowing that the patented formulation of Maxforce Quantum is extremely safe to use. This is really important for us when we need to get a treatment into areas of ant activity where contact with kids and pets can potentially be a risk”. Maxforce Quantum is not classified as a poison and is completely non-hazardous. It is also odourless, non-irritating and non-sensitising. Maxforce Quantum Liquid Ant Bait has outlasted other ant gel baits that the company has trialled in the past.
“When we go back to follow up on some of the larger ant treatments, we can still see the Maxforce Quantum Liquid Ant Bait in place even when the ant activity has ceased, Damien said.”
The bait matrix in Quantum is made up almost entirely (>99.9%) from naturally derived ingredients. The hygroscopic viscous liquid (HVL) technology in the matrix utilises the unique properties of the ingredients to naturally preserve the bait and ensure long-term attractiveness to ants without artificial preservatives. Damien and CureAll also like the broad-spectrum control of Maxforce Quantum. “We don’t have to worry about whether the ants are sugar or protein feeders when we use a liquid bait.”
Worker ants are liquid feeders. They have features called buccal filters which prevents them from ingesting solid baits. They are naturally more attracted to liquid-based baits which are easy to imbibe and carry back to their nests. Maxforce Quantum is therefore in a physical state which completely matches their preference.
Damien also added “We understand that not all ant jobs are the same, we need to rely on many different formulations such as liquid sprays and dusts. When it comes to ant baits, we know Maxforce Quantum has the safety, the longevity and palatability we need to achieve success in our ant treatments.
Dang, P. (2011) Insect baits and Baiting: Novel technology for managing urban pests with less insecticide – Urban pest management an environmental perspective. CABI, Wallingford-Oxon.
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