How to Lure Ants
“Heee-re anty anty anty! Heee-re anty anty anty!” Let it be said here and now, this is NOT the way to lure ants out from their hidey holes. For one thing, ants don’t have ears. Ants have sensors on their knees which pick up vibrations from the ground. But, ants do have well-developed communication abilities – you just need to communicate to them in their own language. Ants emit a variety of scents, or pheromones, which they perceive through their long, thin, mobile antennae. Pheromones can signal a colony to war, confuse enemies to fight among themselves, or transfer tracking information. It is this last signal that will help you lure an ant, presumably to its death.
When scout ants find food, they leave pheromone trails stretching from the food source to the colony. This attracts worker ants to the food. So if you want to lure an ant, you have to entice it with the delicious deadly food found in ant bait.
Combat ant bait stations, gels, and strips all lure ants the same way. They provide a formulated blend of fast-acting insecticide and food. When scout ants discover the ant bait, they do the luring for you. They take the poison back to the nest, leaving a scent trail to mark the way. Worker ants follow the trail back to the bait and start harvesting the fatal food. This is fed to the queen and larvae and within days, the ant colony is eliminated.
The siren song of Source Kill Ant Bait and Source Kill Max Ant Killing Gel is tantalizing to most pest species of ants including Argentine, carpenter, pharaoh, odorous house, thief, pavement, and little black ants.
Killing individual ants you might lure into your kitchen with sugar is a hopeless task. If you see 100 ants, there are thousands nearby. While ants love sugar, Combat bait stations, gels, and strips are the call of the wild that ants cannot resist.