How to Keep Ants off Fruit Trees with Liquid Ant Bait ❌🐜

How to Keep Ants off Fruit Trees with Liquid Ant Bait ❌🐜


In this video I will demonstrate how to
get rid of ants using liquid ant bait. The Argentine ant is
one of the worst invasive species. It has spread to six continents, displacing
native ant species and disrupting ecosystems. California has a super colony of Argentine
ants that covers most urban areas. Not only do argentine ants invade homes, but
they also are a major pest of citrus trees and can indirectly kill citrus trees in
combination with the Asian citrus psyllid and huanglongbing, a fatal and incurable
disease of citrus spread by citrus psyllids. Parasitic wasps exist in California that are very effective in killing Asian
citrus psyllids and reducing their numbers. However, ants protect citrus psyllids
from parasitic wasps so that they can harvest the sugary honeydew
produced by the psyllids. If ants are present on a citrus tree, the
parasitic wasps are much less effective and the population of the disease-spreading
citrus psyllids will increase. Even if citrus psyllids are not present, ants protect many kinds of insect pests
of citrus from natural predators. Basic organic pest control of citrus trees is to keep ants off of the trees so that
predators can kill the harmful pests. Argentine ants have multiple queens
per nest and share workers between nests. Springtime is the ideal time
to bait argentine ants. They are then most vulnerable because
workers execute a large percentage of the queens. I had unsuccessfully tried ant baits
for organic ant control many years ago. I find boron-based ant baits such as those
that use borax and boric acid attractive because they only target ants and
cause no harm to beneficial insects. I first tried commonly available
products with no success.
I then tried some of the many do-it-yourself
recipes on the internet, also without success. I was surprised more recently when an
entomologist suggested that I try ant baits because I had tried them and
they failed to stop my ant problem. After further research, I tried another boron-based ant bait and had success
following the directions on its label. University of California entomologists have
performed extensive studies on boron-based ant baits and have found that the concentration
of boron in the bait is critical. Some of the common products
use too much boron. For ants in the house they sometimes seem
effective if they quickly kill the invading workers, but they kill the workers so fast
that the bait does not kill the queens. The same is true of the
many recipes on the internet. Whether installing the bait station near a citrus tree or near
my house where the ants are invading, I first loosen the soil with a screwdriver. Then I screw it into the ground
so that the base is touching the ground and so that the ants can get into the bait station. I add the ant bait and put the float on top. The float both allows easy feeding
by the ants and also reduces evaporation, which would increase the concentration of
boron in the bait and make it less effective. Although I believe that this ant bait is
a safe product, it is still a pesticide, so I make sure that my daughter and
my dog will not access the ant bait. This bait has the correct
percentage of boron as shown by studies by
University of California entomologists. Ants feeding on this bait share it by
a process known as trophallaxis. With the correct percentage of boron, the bait is shared throughout the colony
before the workers die. With this bait I have succeeded in
killing argentine ants in my yard.
Because effective ant baits
are slow acting, it can take an extended period of time
to kill an Argentine ant colony.
I continue baiting
as long as ants are present. Ant baits can be used in combination with
sticky barriers which have an immediate impact. One thing that can make the ant bait
more effective is to create shade for the bait station if it is placed
in an area that receives direct sunlight. Sometimes the ants will
become disinterested in the bait if there is a build up
of dead ant carcasses. In this case, I clean the bait station
with a product such as Clorox Clean up, rinse it thoroughly, and place it again. Argentine ants like to use hoses
and irrigation tubing as a highway. This makes it possible to guide them to a
bait station by placing it near tubing. Argentine ants are attracted to
wet spots in the yard. Another good place for a bait station is
near an irrigation emitter. It is best to begin baiting ants in
springtime because they are vulnerable, there are fewer alternate nectar sources,
and it can avoid an increase in pests. Baits can be placed
whenever ants are present. To learn where to buy this ant bait, click here or visit
fruitmentor.com/AntControl Please help to save citrus trees
from the deadly Huanglongbing disease by keeping ants off of your citrus trees. Also be sure to share this video. Other ant baits can be found
on the website of University of California
Integrated Pest Mangement.