What Kills Ants Year Round – Choose Your Weapons Carefully
The two most important weapons you can bring to bear on an ant problem is your common sense and superior intellect. Of course, when it comes to the question of what can kill ants, making sure you have a highly potent insecticide on your side that targets ants at their source is also a huge help.
But before running out to purchase any old ant killer, it’s best to first understand that learning about your enemy’s habits is what kills them most effectively. Ants are highly social pests that live in colonies consisting of three types of members: one or more egg-laying queens, short-lived males whose only function is to mate with the queen, and worker ants which are non-egg-laying female ants.
Now typical worker and male ants live an average of 40 to 70 days. Queen ants, however, can live up to 20 years and can produce upwards of 300,000 eggs per year. This is why it is critical to target deep in the nest with an effective insecticide like Combat that targets the queen inside the colony.
Ants generally nest outside and only invade the home to gather resources. So if you see ants in the house, it’s likely they’ve discovered new sources of food and water. And that marching column you see? Those are worker ants following a pheromone trail left by previous scout (worker) ants. That pheromone trail is used to guide other worker ants from the colony to the food and water source.
Worker ants have two stomachs: one for themselves, and one to carry food back for the colony. Combat® Baits and Gels trick worker ants into believing they’re gathering and bringing food back to feed the rest of the colony. Once those worker ants start spreading Combat around the colony, Combat’s powerful ant-killing poison soon decimates the entire colony, including the long-lived queen. That’s how Combat is able to target and destroy ants at their source.
Placing Combat Baits in multiple locations simultaneously can accelerate overall control. Combat Gel is especially well suited for hard to reach areas, such as behind refrigerators or to fill in cracks and crevices where you suspect ants may be entering the home from the outside.
It’s important to note that you don’t want to clean the ant trail with soap and water, or to spray any kind of insecticide in the general area of the ant trail. The reason is because you want as many ants as possible to discover the Combat baits that were placed for them. Spray insecticides would only discourage ants from consuming Combat, and soap and water would wipe clean the pheromone trails, encouraging ants to create new trails somewhere else.