The Ant Guru is at it again, giving great information on how some sprays are effective, and some are not.
What do Raid, and other professional sprays do? That's what we're going to talk about next. Let's, let's talk about this picture down here, that I drew. Pretend like this black mass down here is the colony itself; where all the young are breeding, it's where the worker minors, its where eighty percent of the colony is thriving, right in here. Foragers will often forage outside, but they'll also forage inside, like on the floors, or up on the counter tops, that's what the little black dots represent.
Other bug companies use a pump can. To pump up their spray, their standard bug spray, their insect spray, and they spray along the floor boards right here. If somebody has an ant problem, they'll spray right here. If its a bad problem they'll tell the consumer to open up your cabinet, and take all the stuff out, and spray all over in here - inside, everywhere. They might even spray on top of the counter top. And they're generally just using some sort of general pesticide. its usually some form of a pyrethroid. That means its been derived from a chrysanthemum flower. It's similar to the products we use.
But they're spraying it all over here, and you gotta ask yourself, "What does all of that spray do," and I'll tell you what all that spray does. It will kill any ant that's there right now at the time. But, this spray, as is Raid, and most professional sprays, they're all repellent. Ants can tell that they're there so ants wont cross them. In other words, the colony right here will just refuse to come out. They just wont come out.
So what you'll see is a consumer who's had another pest control company, but if this house is in a neighborhood that's infested with ants, and they have ants, what's going to happen is the guy comes in, sprays, and everything is cool for about three to six weeks...and then bam! the ants are right back in the same place, or three feet to the right. Or the guy comes out and sprays, and this colony moves, and goes to - starts showing up in the kitchen, or in the bathroom, or just some place other than where it was when he sprayed. This is why people thing when you spray, bugs move from one place to the next. Most pest can't see that the insecticide is down, but ants can, and they'll move their colony.
Another thing that could happen is, lets say there's another cabinet over here, right? This is the kitchen and this is the pantry, and there's a whole bunch of stuff in the pantry. and you get a tremendous amount of foragers, foraging in here, 'kay? And the guy says, "'Kay, I'm going to go to the source," and he sprays all over here, but now all of these ants cant go back across the line. They wont cross it again. So you actually have divided the colony; this is called "budding." and what will happen, is very likely, one of these normal ants, one of these normal working ants will mutate slightly into a queen. and they'll develop a new colony. Its called budding.
You have to get the queen, and you have to get a vast majority of their workers to successfully eliminate the colony.
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