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All Ant Killers Are Not Created Equal

Ants! You tried rubbing them out, scrubbing them out, and coaxing them out. Yet somehow those grease-eating, sweet-loving, cupboard-invading critters keep coming back. That’s because all ant killers are not created equal. Some, like borax and diatomaceous earth, are meant to make you feel good. If you spread these messy powders across door thresholds and windowsills, the ants will supposedly just stay outside. Then you don’t need to kill the little guys. Trouble is, it doesn’t work that way. Ants can get into your home through cracks and crevices you can barely see, let alone block with powders. And the stuff won’t kill ants already in your house. Additionally, if powders are left by open windows they can blow around the house. While not poisonous, diatomaceous earth can irritate the lungs of children, pets, and some adults.

Those who are more mercenary might spray the ants marching across their counter with soapy water, vinegar, or lemon juice. These substances will likely drown the ants that come in direct contact with the liquids but it won’t do a thing to stop the kazillion other ants living in underground colonies in your yard, your neighbor’s yard, and in every other yard in the entire world.

Nearly every bugologist will tell you that bait stations are the way to go to kill ants safely and easily. Combat Ant Killing Bait Strips, Source Kill Max Ant Bait, and Source Kill Max Ant Killing Gel are formulated with a mixture of food and just enough insecticide to kill the ants. The insects take the bait, make their way back to the nest, and feed it to the queen and workers. Within about a week, the nasty nest of ants is gone.

Unlike homemade ant killers, Combat kills the ants you see and the ones that are living in large outdoor colonies. The bait stations are child-resistant and provides long lasting ant killing power. There’s a lot of equality in the ant world, which is quite fascinating. But if you want to wipe out the ants in your home, remember that all ant killers are not created equal.