Exterminating ants both inside and outside the home may often feel like a difficult task to complete, as ants exist in large numbers and are very skilled with avoiding average repellents and poisons. After many attempts, it can feel almost impossible to get rid of your ant infestation. This is why Alpine WSG (Water Soluble Granules) insecticide is the best way to go when getting rid of ants, because you will be able to end an infestation in the home completely after just one use. Better yet, Alpine WSG is one of the only insecticides that has been made for safe indoor and outdoor application. 

Unlike other ant insecticides, Alpine WSG insecticide is composed of a non repellent formula. This means that rather than containing ingredients that will repel ants away from the application area, the insecticide is completely undetectable to insects after it has been applied. 

The biggest reason leading insecticide brands are not effective is because they are made with repellent formulas, which are solely made to repel ants from an area. This may remove ants from their currently built colony, but the ants are less likely to actually ingest or touch the insecticide, which in turn means they are less likely to ever die out. Oftentimes, when repellent formulas are used the ants will simply relocate somewhere else nearby on the property, making it even more difficult for the homeowner to apply the insecticide near the colony sites. 

Alpine WSG, being a non-repellent insecticide, eliminates all of these potential issues completely. When applied correctly, the non-repellent ingredients make the insecticide unavoidable for ants, leading them to unknowingly pass through it. Then, the dieoff process begins. 

Another reason why non-repellent formulations are so effective is because they help in enforcing the transfer effect. 

What Is The Transfer Effect?

Alpine WSG Insecticide features genuine transfer effect technology, but for someone who is not familiar with pest control terminology, what exactly does that mean? The transfer effect refers to the way in which exposure to Alpine WSG insecticide can spread from one ant to another in the same colony, even if one of those ants has never actually passed through an application area. When one ant has been exposed to the insecticide, they become infected with the chemicals, and therefore, any other ants they come into contact with will become infected with the insecticide too. 

Let’s break it down into a simple scenario. 

  • First, the ant(s) unknowingly pass through treatment areas that have been sprayed with Alpine WSG’s non repellent formula. These ants are typically worker ants, who have been sent out to explore and collect food for the rest of their colony. Once the ant(s) have walked through a treatment area, they will be contaminated with the insecticide’s chemicals. 
  • Next, the contaminated worker ant(s) will return back to the colony. Due to Alpine WSG being made with a non-repellent formula, none of the ants will detect that anything is wrong. So once inside the colony, the contaminated ant will then begin transmitting the insecticide to all the other ants through their natural social behaviors: grooming, touching, transporting food, etc. 
  • Over time, even if the majority of the ants never leave their hidden base, all of the ants will eventually be exposed to the insecticide through the transfer effect. Alpine WSG insecticide is slow working, so the ants will remain alive long enough to spread the insecticide around the colony before it completely kills them. 
  • In the end, all of the colony’s members will become extinct from the transfer effect, effectively destroying the entire ant base. 

Transfer Effect Landmark Study 

To prove the legitimacy of the transfer effect and collect more information on how it works, Purdue University ran a study on ant behavioural ecology led by Doctor Buczkowski. This study used Alpine WSG Insecticide as their sample product for the case. 

The first study involved taking 5 dead ants, all killed from exposure to Alpine WSG, and putting them in the same container as 50 live ants from a different colony. Starting from day one, healthy ants from the colony began dying off just from exposure to the 5 dead ants infected with Alpine WSG insecticide. After a week, all 50 ants in the colony were dead. 

Purdue then conducted another study with the similar conditioning, adjusting the ratio down to 1 dead ant (killed by Alpine WSG) and 50 live ants. With much astonishment, after the 7 day mark, this experiment reaped the same results- all 50 ants had died just from the exposure of 1 insecticide infected ant.

Alpine WSG’s transfer effect technology is so effective, that 1 single ant getting exposed to the insecticide holds the ability to take down at least 50 more ants in the colony as well. Putting these findings on a larger scale, it makes sense that Alpine WSG has the capability to get rid of an entire ant infestation on your property. 

How And Where To Apply Alpine WSG Insecticide 

Alpine WSG is the only indoor insecticide that works through a genuine transfer effect, but that’s not all. Alpine WSG also has little to no odor when applied, and it is a non-staining solution. Once the product dries from its initial application, you won’t even notice it is there. Alpine WSG insecticide has a very versatile formula, making it easy for you to treat both outside and inside the home. The formula contains reduced risk active ingredients, which means that Alpine WSG insecticide has 

  • Low impact on human health 
  • Low toxicity towards non-targeted species (greenery, birds, squirrels, etc)
  • Low potential to contaminate groundwater 
  • Low pest resistance potential 

Alpine WSG For Indoor Use

Spraying an insect killing insecticide into your place of living can sound intimidating once it’s time to begin your indoor application. Knowing that Alpine WSG poses low risk when being exposed to humans helps to provide the peace of mind you need when spraying the insecticide inside your homespace. The ingredients used in the insecticide does not contain any chemicals that will be detrimental to your health. Alpine WSG is children safe and pet safe when it is applied as according to the product label. 

Alpine WSG can be applied to a wide array of indoor rooms, allowing you to treat almost anywhere that ants have been forging or nesting. The list of possible indoor application sites is including but not limited to

  • Living rooms 
  • Kitchens
  • Basements
  • Attics
  • Crawl spaces
Alpine WSG For Outdoor Use

If you are struggling with an ant problem both outside and inside the home, it is often recommended to treat the outside first and the inside last for the most effective results. Applying layers of treatment both indoors and outdoors will help to expand the insecticide’s transfer zone. Such extensive treatment will take advantage of ant colony behavior to ensure that you are spraying all visible areas that ants could pass through. Spraying indoors and outdoors will get rid of ants both inside your home and on your general property.  

Alpine WSG Insecticide’s versatile ingredients and label allow for safe use on lawns, gardens, and trees. The insecticide can be applied to these various outdoor greenery areas without harming the foliage, which makes it even more convenient for you to apply it on places where ants colonize. You can even apply Alpine WSG directly onto ant hills, ant trails, and ant nests. 

Although Alpine WSG is children and pet friendly, this only applies once the product has dried after application. It is important to keep in mind that you do not want any children, pets, or unprotected guests around while you are in the process of applying this insecticide. It is also important that you do not apply this product on a day where wind and or rain is expected. Outdoors, Alpine WSG is prone to washing off in the rain, and rain after application may require reapplication. Wind can disrupt the application process, pushing the insecticide into different places than it was originally applied and disrupting the drying process. The insecticide will need at least 24 hours to dry uninterrupted after application for the treatment to be effective. The longer the insecticide can remain untouched without the interference of rain or harsh winds, the faster its success rate will be and the less likely your need to apply it will be. 

How To Apply Alpine WSG Outdoors 

Once the perimeter has been secured, clear of any pets or children, the insecticide can be applied in a 10 foot band from your home or structure. A band is created with a combination of height and width, and can be split up to fit your infestation’s needs. For example, a 10 foot band around the outside of your home could be 5 feet up the outer wall of the house and 5 feet out towards the lawn, or 3 feet up the house and 7 feet out. Typically, you would want to base this off of what patterns the ants on your property exhibit. If the ants only appeared to crawl around on lower parts of the outer wall of your home and trail further out into the grassy areas, then you would want the band to stretch further out onto the lawn than it does up the house. 

When you are applying Alpine WSG on a surface structure, you will want to spray enough that it covers the entire surface without significant dripping or runoff. If you over-apply, you will run out of product quicker and have product dripping off into random places where you did not want it to be applied. When you are applying Alpine WSG on the ground is when you should be generous with the amount you use, because you want to get enough coverage that the insecticide will be able to sink down into the soil. 

After the perimeter has been treated, you can move on to any structural exterior openings such as doors, vents, cables, pipes, and wires. It is recommended to apply an 18 inch band around all exterior openings of your house or structure. At this time, it is recommended to apply the Alpine WSG on any eaves or overhangs on your property as well. 

Next, you can start applying the insecticide onto more obvious places, such as visible ant trails and hills, cracks in the ground that ants crawl into, any crevices or structures with hidden spaces for ants to nest. 

Your final outdoor target will be impervious surfaces, such as paved driveways, sidewalks, padios, and concrete landings. Places like these will be the easiest to apply the insecticide, and only require a thin coating to be effective. While spraying the insecticide further away from your main structure, be cautious of your surroundings. Alpine WSG should not be sprayed around wells or well houses, gutters, or areas where the insecticide could run off into nearby sewers or ditches. 

For more on how to apply Alpine WSG Outdoors, check out the youtube video down below: 

Dusty Showers has been in the urban nuisance wildlife and pest control field since 1993. Taught by Garon Fyffe, a pioneer in humane nuisance wildlife management, Dusty has a passion for finding humane solutions to human & wildlife conflicts. Dusty was the only individual invited by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission in the lat 1990's to help write legislation for legal protection of Florida bats. With an instinct for solving wildlife, Dusty found pest control to be an easy "add-on interest". Dusty started his first business "Animal Instincts Wildlife & Pest Management" in the Tampa Bay, Florida area in 1995. Eventually selling Animal Instincts in 2002, Dusty went on to start Creepy Creatures Termite and Pest Control in 2009, which he still owns and operates today in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Related Article