Ants are probably the most hard-working creatures and are certainly among the most persistent pests around. To drastically reduce the number will require both eliminating of their food source in your home as well as destroying the ant colony outside.
[May: Getting rid of ants at home completely is almost impossible, but keeping them out significantly is possible with consistency, discipline and the correct strategy].
Ant killer product such as the ant spray offers immediate but short-term solution while products like the ant bait takes longer but has potential for a long-term result. Every type of ant killer methods have its own set of pros and cons, incorporating them according to the ant situation is ideal.
Here are the most effect types of Ant Killers:
Ant Spray – Sprays provide instant kill on contact and are great for dealing with seasonal ant invasion. Besides a great short-term solution, some ant sprays can also work as a residual spray to keep ants away for up 4 weeks.
Ant Bait – Baits designed for ant killing usually comes in either sugar-based or protein-based variation. They contain both attractants and insecticides that attracts ants to consume the bait and bring some back to share with the rest. Hence they are one of the best ant killer that has potential to provide a long term stop to your ant problems.
Ant Powder – Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is an eco-friendly and non-toxic approach to ant control. It’s made of fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton, hence under microscope, has all sharp edges. DE kills when ants come into contact with it and it sticks to their exoskeleton causing ants to dry out. The sharp edges can also cut up the ant’s exoskeleton.
This Ant Spray by Raid kills ants on contact and has a residual formula that kills for up to 4 weeks after application.
It’s unscented and and does not leaves lingering chemical smell or odour. Most importantly there’s any Ozone depleting substances used to formula the insecticide contents.
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The TERRO Liquid Ant Baits are formulated to allow worker ants to consume the bait and survive long enough to carry it back and share with the rest of the colony (killing takes effect in two to three days)..
This patented bait station design prevents bait from drying out. Depending on the size of the infestation, complete ants control may take up to 2 weeks.
To set-up: Hold bait station upright, cut off the colored part with a pair of scissors and place the station where it’s needed (usually in areas where ants are spotted).
Each box contains 6 baits.
Where to Place Ant Bait – Place bait near any ant trails or at areas where ants’ activities and movements are high. Also consider placing bait where ants may try to enter your home to stop them in their tracks.
[May: The active ingredient does not diminish over time should be still effective as long as the bait is still in liquid form (not hardened or thickened).]
The Terro T1806 ant bait is a sugar-based liquid ant bait designed to deal with large outdoor infestations.
It attracts and kills almost any household ant species including the cornfield ants, Argentine ants, pavement ants, the odorous house ants & other types of ant species.
To set-up – simply place the bait stations outdoor where ants activities can be seen (secure baits with stakes provided if needed). The bait stations can also be placed in the garage or basements without the use of stakes.
The TERRO T600 Ant Killer Dust is a waterproof dust formulated to remain effective up to 8 months. It’s ideal for use on crack and crevice treatments and application directly on entrance of the fire ant colony.
It can be used both indoors and out as a spot, surface or crack and crevice treatment.
For indoor use – Apply dust indoor where ants crawl and hide. Apply lightly and uniformly over ant trails, along the wall/ floor, around doors, windows and other entry points.
For outdoor use – Apply dust around porches, eaves, patios, in the garage and other ant hiding areas. areas where pests like to hide. Also apply a light layer of all around barrier to prevent entry.
To treat fire ants, sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of dust over the top of each mound. Do not pour water or disturb the mound for at least 3 to 4 days. Repeat application if needed.
The PIC Ant control systems is formulated using 4 food sources to get rid of ants.
It’s capable of killing sweet eating ants like the acrobat ants, Pyramid ants, crazy ants, ghost ants, big headed ants, pavement ants, cornfield ants, odorous house ants, little black & white footed ants among others.
It has potential to eliminate the entire ant colony (both indoors and out), even those hidden in inaccessible areas, through the Maxforce Domino Effect.
Maxforce Quantum works on many ant species including the Argentine ants, black garden ants, Pharaoh ants, odorous house ants and the crazy ants.
The Terro outdoor liquid Ant bait contains patented and weatherproof ant bait stakes which is effective in attracting and getting rid of common household ants (like the Argentine, ghost, odorous house, little black, acrobat, pavement, crazy, cornfield & other ants that feed on sweet-base food).
As with other bait, the stakes are formulated to allow worker ants to consume bait & be able to survive for a long enough duration to carry the bait back to the nest & share with the rest of the colony.
Complete control may take up to 2 weeks, depending on the ant infestation size.
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The Advance Carpenter Ant Bait is a protein based Granular bait specially formulated to kill carpenter ants. Its formulation combines a mixture of foods and Abamectin as the delayed action insecticide.
It is a ready-to-use product that works both indoors and outdoors.
>> Best Natural Ant Killer
This Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is non-staining and contains 100% Diatomaceous Earth that’s effective both indoor and outdoor.
As with other DE, it kills ant on contact of by ingestion and killing can happen for as fast as 48 hours. On top of ants, it is also effective for other pest like cockroach, flea, earwig and silverfish.
As there is no chemicals in DE, pests cannot build immunity or develop a resistance to it.
This product is Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered and have no adverse effects on human beings, pets or the environment when applied as directed.
Depending on the ant situation and level of infestation at hand, one method might be more suitable than others. Often than not, it’s usually better to combine various types of ant killing products to achieve great results at a shorter duration.
Note: Avoid placing ant bait too near the ant sprays application as spray will discourage ants from taking the bait.
When using the ant bait, don’t give up if ants do not go for it the first time – they may have found another food source or the colony could be in the breeding cycle hence not interested in eating. They could also be seeking a grease-based or sugar-based food other than protein-based. Switch the location of bait or switch the based of bait and try again.
Also, consider keeping a can of ant spray in the house at all times. They can be really handy when dealing with any sudden invasion by the little pesky pests. Ant sprays are also relatively cheap and can stay effective for a long time when stored properly.
What’s the most effective ant killer products in your opinion? What are you currently using or experimenting at home or in the yard? Leave a comment to share with us.