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Cooking Up a Recipe for Disaster – Baits and Gels vs. Spray Insecticides

Ever walk into the kitchen and see a parade of ants marching along the floor without a care in the world? It’s frustrating and can be embarrassing if you have friends or visitors who also happen to see the procession as it strolls by.

While ants are persistent little creatures, choosing the right insecticide will help you serve up some tasty devastation to your tiny unwanted guests. The trick is to target the ants you don’t see, including the colony queen. To do that, you need a highly effective insecticide with a time-delayed mode of action that allows ants to deliver the deadly poison back to the nest. And that’s where Combat Baits and Gels have the clear advantage over spray insecticides.

When you see ants in the kitchen, you’re really only seeing a fraction of the entire colony. Ant colonies send out scouts to forge for food and carry back what they find to the colony and feed it to other workers, larvae, and the queen. Combat lures these scout ants with a carbohydrate-rich attractant that many ant species find irresistible. The forging ants bring the poison back to the nest and within a short time Combat’s deadly poison wipes out the entire colony in a devastating domino-like killing effect.

Compare that with typical spray insecticides that only kill ants on contact. Sure, you have the satisfaction of immediately killing the few ants you see, but the rest of the colony and majority of ants go unharmed, free to continue breeding and growing their voracious population.

Scout ants create trails marked by chemical pheromones that are used to lead other ants to food or water sources. These are the areas of ant activity where you want to place Combat Baits. Be sure not to use spray insecticides in combination with Combat Baits or Gels because sprays will only deter ants from consuming the bait. Use Combat Gels in hard to reach areas, and to fill small cracks and crevices.

To improve bait effectiveness, be sure to remove crumbs, residues of sweet liquids, and other obvious food particles from around sinks, pantry floors and other ant-infested areas. Then set out different formulations of Combat bait products in the areas where you’ve seen ant activity. Be sure to refresh bait stations regularly as ants will likely consume all of the bait during the first couple of weeks.

It can also help to place Combat baits outdoors to draw ants out of the home. Place bait stations where ants can easily find them, but avoid placing them in areas that are accessible to pets and small children. Place baits near nests, on ant trails beneath plants, or along edges where ants travel. Space them every 10 to 20 feet around the outside foundation and at nest openings if those can be found.

Always read the label on the product before buying or using a pesticide to be sure the usage you need is covered. Combat® Ant Baits are effective against common household ants, including: Argentine, Black Carpenter, Little Black, Cornfield, Odorous House, and Pavement ants. Combat® ant gel is effective against: Carpenter, Pharaoh, Argentine, Ghost, Acrobat, Big-Headed, Cornfield, Field, Odorous House, Thief, Pavement, White Footed, and Little Black Ants.

If you would like more information on how Combat® Baits and Gels work and how to prevent ants from entering your home, check out our helpful prevention video.