This is time of year when we have a problem with ants in our office. It always amuses me just how grossed out and appalled a couple of our girls are at the sight of ants. The mere mention of the pesky little creatures sends Gail into a Mambo as she scratches at her neck and back and will send her out of her chair often running fifteen feet from desk if she sees one!
Okay, yes it is funny but frankly, I can understand her repulsion; I get angry at the sight of mice on jobs we take on and it becomes personal. So this season I armed myself preemptively, with full disclosure of my staff and bought 5 packs of Combat Quick Kill Formula for Ants.
Combat Quick Kill Formula for Ants is essentially a plastic bait station that allows for the entry of ants where they eat the center mounted bait which they take back to their nest passing the bait on to the queen which eventually destroys the entire colony. While on face value, I have a hard time believing this works, I have yet to see Gail do the Mambo and have yet to see an ant.
Since I bring our puppy into the office now as well as the occasional kid visits to our office, I was really cautious to not place the bait anywhere it could be gotten to and taped a few under desks upside down and crossed my fingers. I went into trash receptacles under the liners and in closets, bathrooms and in between entry doors as well as window sills and in the break area cabinets, taking care to be discreet as I planted 30 of these dispensers in our office. The company's website claims Combat Quick Kill Formula for Ants kills most ants that feed on sweet or greasy matter which would include Argentine, Black Carpenter, Cornfield, Pharaoh, Little Black, Odorous House and pavement ants. Besides being surprised at the many varieties I am pleasantly surprised thus far. The packaging suggests you use all six enclosed bait dispensers armed with Fipronil, the active ingredient. Fipronil is said to be 95% effective in a few days so those are fairly decent odds that if you see ants, you have at least a fighting chance at curbing being over run by them. The service life of each dispenser is approximately three months.
So, will Gail live to Mambo again? I dare say yes, but it will be at her daughters wedding later this summer, but between you and me, I will miss her Mambo in the morning!
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