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Bug Season 101: Exterminating Ants

Ants. They’re known as the power lifters of the insect world, famous for their ability to hoist many times their own body weight and carry that heavy load a long way. But, there’s another truth to these small creatures: they’re a big pain to eliminate when they invade your home.

If you’re looking for an efficient and thorough way to exterminate ants in your home, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going show you how to exterminate ants by teaching you a little something about these pesky bugs.

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. While spray insecticides are effective and kill ants on contact, their one disadvantage is that the poison never reaches the nest. And as long as the queen remains alive, the ant colony will survive and continue to thrive.

To effectively exterminate ants, Combat is a lethal ant killer with a delayed mode of action that tricks the worker ants foraging for food into carrying Combat’s deadly insecticide back to the nest where it spreads throughout the colony, wiping out your ant problem in short order.

Ants are attracted to kinds of food and water sources that are plentiful around your house. And 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 shelter all over the house.

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 the poison decimates the colony.

It’s important to note that you don’t want 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 finding the Combat baits placed there for them. To ants, Combat is an irresistible food-like attractant. So spray insecticides would only discourage ants from consuming Combat. And if you completely wipe clean the pheromone trails with soap and water, the ants would simply make new pheromone trails somewhere else, and would completely miss the Combat baits you placed out for them.

In addition to Combat baits, it’s also important to deny ants entry into the house. But being such tiny creatures, ants can squeeze through the smallest cracks. To counter that, use Combat gel to fill and seal small crevices and openings that might give ants a way in to the house. And Combat gel is also ideal for use in hard to reach places or in areas where Combat baits just aren’t suitable.

For more and information, visit our prevention tips page or view our “5 Ways to Outsmart Ants” video to keep ants from bugging you.