Weather conditions in the St. Johns area can swiftly change, monitor weather conditions closely throughout the day.
If you see anyone spraying pesticides in today's conditions please report the activity.
Dealing with Ants
Ants play a beneficial role in our environment, their tunneling mixes and aerates the soil, in some places replacing the activity of earthworms. Many species feed on small insects and aphids which are serious crop pests.
When indoors, ants become pests. They are in search of food, water, and shelter. If ants do invade your house, you can effectively reduce household ant populations while still allowing ants to play their part in the environment.
Ants are attracted to foods inside your home. Keep your floors free from crumbs and debris which can attract ants.
Seal your home to prevent insects from entering. Seal around baseboards, moldings, cupboards, pipes, ducts, sinks, doors & windows with sillicone caulk. If there is any rotten wood be sure to replace it.
Keeping soil away from your foundation helps deter many insects from entering your home. Replacing the perimeter soil around your home with crushed stone, brick or patio blocks keeps the area tidier and less prone to insect invasion.
Ants are attracted to roses and other plants which tend to attract aphids. The ants are beneficial in controling the aphid population, however if you have rose bushes planted close to your home, ants may enter your house due to the close proximity. Plant roses a minimum of 10 feet from your house.
If all else fails make your own cheap ant bait by placing a 50/50 blend of baking soda and sugar in a container with a lid, shake well to ensure all the sugar is coated with the baking soda then on a dry day place small mounds in the areas where ants are seen. be patient, it may take a few days for the bait to be brought back to the nest and population reductions are seen.
If you can locate the nest simply pour boiling water over the nest to kill the entire population.
Current provincial weather regulations:
-Wind must be between 2 and 15 km/hr for ground applications
-Winds must be between 2 and 10km/hr for trees taller than 3meters
-Air Temperature must be below 25oC
-It must not raining nor is rain anticipated over the next 2hour period
-The relative humidity must be above 50%
Where to report a violation