LESLIE: Adam in Virginia listens to The Money Pit on Free FM, WJFK. And tell us what’s going on in your yard.
ADAM: Well, I have a really bad problem with what my neighbor calls ground hornets and yellowjackets.
ADAM: And also huge, huge swarms – I mean it’s bazillions; I can’t even think of the right name – of ants.
ADAM: Not just outside in the yard but also in the house.
ADAM: We’ve used everything we can think of – the Ortho Max. We even used some of the expensive stuff I ordered offline and I’m not keeping them out of the house. But the yellowjackets in the yard – the yellowjackets and the ground hornets in the yard is a big problem with the kids and dogs.
TOM: Listen, this is not a job for a do-it-yourselfer. This is a job for a professional. Because the professionals are going to have access to the right pesticides that could make this problem go away in, literally, one visit. The type of pesticide that use on the hornets, of course, is different than the ants. For the ants, you’re going to use an undetectable pesticide, such as Termidor that’s, professionally applied. The ants march through it; get it on their bodies; carry it back to the nest, where they’re completely eliminated because they pass it from insect to insect. For the hornets, they’re going to probably use a powder and they’re going to spray that right into the nest and that’s going to wipe the whole nest out.
It’s not something you want to do yourself because you’re going to apply a lot of chemical – which is dangerous in itself – and you’re probably not going to eliminate the problem. But this is a matter of population control, when it comes to insects that have infested at this level. And that’s what you really need to do, Adam. OK?
ADAM: Alright, I appreciate it.
TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.