BIG-HEADED ANT - BROADCAST OR AERIAL APPLICATION
DISTANCE breaks the reproductive life cycle of the fire ant causing starvation of the colony.
DISTANCE Fire Ant Bait is a slow acting, highly effective fire ant control product. Fire ant workers pick up the bait granules and take it back to the colony. Workers feed the bait to both the queen and the immature fire ants thereby preventing worker replacement. Due to degeneration of reproductive organs, the fire ant queen cannot replace workers. The lack of worker replacement results in colony death as the existing worker ants age and die. Within 3 to 4 weeks there is substantial colony mortality and within eight weeks the majority of the colony population has been eliminated.
EFFECTIVE IN THE CONTROL OF THE RED IMPORTED FIRE ANT
WHERE TO USE
For best results, follow directions for specific use areas.
- This product may be used in the following areas: Indoor and outdoor container or field grown ornamentals in commercial nurseries (including trees, shrubs, flowers, evergreens, foliage plants and ground covers); ornamental tree farms; non-bearing nut, non-bearing citrus, and other non-bearing fruit trees grown in nurseries; non-grazed pasture and rangeland; conifers and conifer nurseries; sod farms.
- Residential/domestic sites, defined as areas associated with the household or home life; including, but not limited to, apartment complexes, condominiums, and patient care areas of nursing homes, mental institutions, hospitals or convalescent homes.
- Uncultivated, non-agricultural areas, including airports, roadsides, highway rights-of-way, utility rights-of-way, campgrounds and industrial sites.
- Institutional sites defined as areas around properties or facilities providing a service to public or private organizations including, but not limited to, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, universities, colleges, museums, libraries, sport facilities (golf courses) and office buildings.
WHEN TO APPLY
DISTANCE Fire Ant Bait should be applied in the early Spring or Summer at the first sign of fire ant activity. Applications may be made any time of the day but are more effective when ants are actively foraging, usually when the soil temperature is above 60ºF. Avoid application if rain is expected within 4 to 6 hours. Do not water treated area for 24 hours after application.
In the event of prolonged rains after initial treatment, reapplication may be necessary.
A second application of DISTANCE Fire Ant Bait may be advisable after 12 to 16 weeks in areas of heavy infestations, or when the mounds remain active, or when a reinfestation occurs. In large mounds, some worker fire ants may persist for a while after the queen is dead. For 7-10 days after treatment, do not apply any other fire ant pesticide. This is to allow sufficient time for the worker ants to seek out the bait and take it back to the mound. After 14 days, it may be desirable to apply a registered fire ant pesticide to kill remaining foraging ants.
APPLICATION RATES FOR BIG-HEADED ANT (Pheidole megacephala)
Apply uniformly with ground or hand-held equipment calibrated to deliver the correct dosage. Apply at 1 to 1.5 lbs. of product per acre (or 0.35 to 0.5 oz. per 1,000 sq. ft.). Treat surrounding areas, adjacent borders, and fence lines to help prevent ant migration into the treated areas. Repeat after 12 to 16 weeks if needed.