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Ant-Killing Products for Ant Infestations

One of the most common pest nuisances homeowners complain about are ants. To see trails of ants scuttling about the kitchen or on shelves in the pantry can be unnerving to say the least. But before you start researching the best available ant-killing products for an ant infestation, take a second to look at the kind of creature you’re up against.

Ants are hardy, enthusiastically social pests that live in colonies consisting of three types of colony 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.

Because of this unique social structure, the only way to exterminate ants is by targeting the colony where the queen lives. Although you might think spray insecticides are the most effective ant-killing product out there, you should know they only kill the ants you see; their killing power never reaches into the nest where the queen lives. As long as the queen is alive, the ant colony will survive and continue to thrive. To kill the entire colony and their queen, the only viable option is to go with a powerful ant-killing product like Combat that targets the colony.

When foraging ants find new sources of food and water, they communicate this information to the other ants in the colony by leaving pheromone trials for other ants to follow. That’s why you typically see ants “marching” in columns instead of running helter-skelter all over the house.

Combat Baits and Gels work well because they’re formulated with irresistible food-like attractants. Ants readily ingest Combat and bring it back to the colony where it’s shared with the rest of colony, effectively spreading the poison.

When you discover an ant trail, your best strategy is to place Combat baits along the path. The worker ants follow the pheromone trail, find the Combat, and bring it back to the nest where Combat’s powerful ant-killing poison decimates the colony in just a few short weeks.

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. This is because you want as many ants as possible finding Combat baits that were placed out for them. Soap and water would wipe clean the pheromone trails encouraging ants to create new pheromone trails somewhere else.

If you would like more information on how Combat Baits and Gels work and how to prevent ant infestations from taking over your home, check out our Five Ways to Outsmart Ants video. In addition, please visit the Combat video archive to learn more about the difference between Combat Baits and Gels.