Pest Identification

Learn More About the Pests Invading Your Home

Ant Bait is Best

Ants come in various sizes from itty bitty to pretty small. But it’s not the size of the ant that’s a problem; it’s their numbers and persistence. Ants are constantly on the move, searching for food and water, and they are some of the most efficient breeders in the world. If you have a line of ants stretching across your counter they are following a scent trail laid down by scout ants, and there’s undoubtedly a colony nearby where thousands more are waiting to raid your pantry.

When confronted with a major ant invasion, some people reach for an aerosol can of insect spray. This is the wrong way to treat an ant problem. Aerosols only kill the foraging ants while leaving the scent trail in place. So throw away the aerosol! For most common ant species, baits are best. Ants enter the bait station and voraciously eat the bait and take some back to the colony to feed the queen. With ant bait stations or ant killing bait strips, the entire colony will be destroyed within a week or two.

The trick to managing your home invasion with ant baits is making sure the pests find the bait. This means placing bait traps everywhere ants are visible and where they might be entering your home. Ant baits have a low toxicity for people and animals and can be placed under sinks, in basements and bathrooms, and in the back of pantries.

For sweet-eating ants, like Argentine and little black ants, some suggest leaving a trail of jelly on strips of masking tape leading to the bait traps. The ants follow the jelly road to the bait. After the ant problem is solved, the masking tape can be removed without leaving a mess behind. While enticing ants with jelly might increase ant foraging, ant baits work without the extra hassle. So next time you see the ants dance across you counter, reach for ant baits not the spray can.