How To Get Rid Of Ants in the House
To get rid of ants in the house, we recommend using products such as ant traps (also known as ant bait stations). Ant baits and traps are very effective solutions for getting rid of ants in the house, as well as outdoors.
Quick Tips for Ant Control:
Tip #1: Treat most ant problems using professional ant bait. Ant bait works best because the worker ants are able to carry the bait back to the nest where it eventually kills the entire colony including the queen. Many over-the-counter ant control products will only kill the ants you see and not the queen, causing the infestation to continue.
Tip #2: Keep your home clean. Most of the time, ants occurs due to the presence of food source. These may be crumbs that are left after a meal or juice/soda spills.
Ant bait Control:
Ant baits, however, were developed to exploit the foraging and nest mate feeding behaviors of ants. Bait treatments are effective for control of many ant species. Since ants rely heavily on trophallaxis (reciprocal feeding), the bait toxicant can be thoroughly distributed to the members of the colony, including the queen and brood. Baits are effective because they not only kill the foraging members of the colony, but they kill the queen(s) so no other ants are produced.
The ideal bait contains a slow-acting, non-repellent toxicant that is incorporated into a preferred food substrate. There are many types of baits on the market.
Use the following guidelines for successful baiting:
*Use fresh bait. If the bait is not fresh, ants will be less likely to eat it. Ants must eat the bait in order to be effective. If the bait smells like rancid oil or stale potato chips, the bait is spoiled.
*Wash your hands before baiting to prevent contamination from other products (and after baiting).
*Do not smoke while baiting. The nicotine will contaminate the bait.
*Bait where you see the ants foraging.
*Store bait in an airtight container and place in a cool dry place, away from other pesticides or potential contaminants.
*Gel baits are particularly useful in crack and crevice treatments. In all cases of bait use, do not spray any insecticides around the bait application. Sprays are repellent and if they contaminate the bait, the bait treatment will be ineffective because the ants will not eat it.