Home owners may sleep better because student overcame her fear of insects

k in them. We put them on the ant trails and in the locust trees, not in the house."

Fell explains that the ants may live in the trees and in the house, with the main nest often in a tree.

"The ants take the food home to the wife and kids and they expire," says Trower. "The first year, the ants that fell out of the ceiling were dead. The second year there were much fewer of them. This year, I've seen one. And it was dead."

Blacksburg homeowner Larry Hincker says it only took about a week to get rid of the ants that he'd been fighting for several years.

The Clorox Company was convinced and applied for a patent for an environmentally safe bait to control carpenter ants. Patent No. 5,850,707 was issued to Fell and Cannon in December, less than a week after Cannon graduated. A product, Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel, has recently been released.


Contact: Rick Fell
Virginia Tech

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