I had a major infestation in Fort Bend County with crazy ants. Not knowing what they were, I was fighting them with regular spraying with LESCO CrossCheck (Talstar) and granules. They would come back with a vengeance after each rain.
I learned from an electrician who was working on my house that these were "Rasberry ants" and he said good luck getting rid of them as he had seen an explosion of these pests recently in our area. I found through my research the TAMU webpage dedicated to this pest: http://urbanentomology.tamu.edu/ants/rasberry.html.
This pest is not be trifled with, my fooling around with Talstar this summer saw these ants grow in number and streaming in through minute cracks in the caulking near my dryer vent and A/c piping. I normally get 2-3 red ant "issues" each summer. These ants chased out the red ants.
I sprayed the 1' up and 1' out method as in the label. I think you need a professional licence for the section 18 exemption label method of 3' up and 10' out as listed in the TAMU site.
It worked wonders, all ant activity "died out" in 48 hrs. I further used Talstar granules on the mulch nesting sites two weeks after spraying with Termidor.
My recommendations for other fellow Texans battling crazy ants:
1) Read up about your adversary on the TAMU link above. It will help put your struggle in perspective. Nothing you have done in the past will help you with this pest.
Note: These ants nest outside in mulch and other wet and moist places. Follow the ant trails back to their nesting sites.
2) Buy this product from this site, for price (its not cheaper anywhere else) and speed of shipping.
3) Invest in a brand new sprayer. This product is non-repellent, keep it that way by using a clean new sprayer.
4) Wear long gloves, long sleeves, pants, shoes with socks pulled up on to the pants and eye protection.
6) Mix exactly per directions, do not shake the concentrate violently before spraying as it will froth up and throw you measurements off. 7)Fill your (new) sprayer with water before adding the product, this thing is like soap and froths up. After you close you sprayer shake it well before you start spraying.
Wash your equipment thoroughly, in an area not draining into the street, storm water drain OR water body.
8) Wait. This stuff takes time, it says up to 90 days for termites, my infestation was gone in 48 hrs.
9) Use your preferred contact kill insecticide on the nesting sites.
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