5 Best Ant Spray in 2018

This article features some of the best ant spray to help provide that instant kill to an ant invasion at home.

Ant sprays provide instant killing to the ants that can be seen and are a great option for dealing with seasonal ant problems. Ant spray can work both as a contact spray for immediate kill or as a residual spray, which keep ants away for up 2 to 4 weeks.

They are relatively cheap and typically come in an aerosol form which can be kept in storage for when dealing with a sudden ant invasion.

It is always good to add ant sprays to your array of ant killer products (i.e Ant powder, Ant bait) to get rid of ants in the long term, and prevent them from coming back.


Here are the advantages and disadvantages of using Ant Spray:

Pros of using Ant Spray
  • Provides instant kill
  • Cheap and effective
  • Provides mass killing
  • Usually works on other pest as well
  • Relatively easy to clean up
Cons of using Ant Spray
  • Short-term solution
  • Contains toxic chemicals
  • Not ideal for outdoor

1) Raid Ant Killer Insecticide Spray (Fragrance Free)


The Raid Ant Spray is unscented and kills ants fast and on contact. It’s residual action formula keeps on killing for up to 4 weeks after spray.

It does not contain any Ozone depleting substances and does not leave lingering chemical odor.

Pros
  • Unscented
  • Kills on contact
  • Kills up to four weeks
  • No lingering chemical odor
  • Also works on roach, spider, wasp, moth/ miller, cricket and flies
Cons
  • Have slight chemical smell during use

>> Good alternative: Max Ant Spray


>> Best Outdoor Ant Spray

2) TERRO T1700 Outdoor Ant Killer Spray

The TERRO Outdoor Ant Killer Spray features powerful spray head that allows spray to be delivered to hard-to-reach places, up to 10-15 feet away.

It is especially useful outside in early spring when ants start emerging and attempt to enter the house. Also, in the fall when ants attempt to enter the house for the winter.

On top of ants, it also works against other unwanted pest – including carpenter ants, carpenter bees, Asian lady beetles, and boxelder bugs – and acts as a perimeter barrier around foundations, doors and windows.

Pros
  • Provides rapid knockdown
  • Lasting effect
  • Sprays up to 10 – 15 ft
  • Also kills other pests
  • Comes with Red extension tub
Cons
  • Needs re-application after rain

Note: Spray with caution under windy condition and do not apply spray in or around bodies of water.

Tip: Direct application to areas that ants and other insects use as common entry points and foraging trails.

Tip 2: Seal up any visible exterior cracks where crawling insects can be seen entering the home

>> Available in these sizes: 1 pack & 2 pack


>> Best Carpenter Ant Spray

3) TERRO Carpenter Ant Killer Aerosol Spray

The Terro Ant Killer is formulated to kill Carpenter ant and tackle wood-Infesting bugs like termites, beetles, borers, carpenter bees and wood wasps. It provides quick-killing and residual control for both indoor and out.

The spray design features a handy, two-way spray nozzle that can be used as a coarse spray or as a crack-and-crevice treatment to control carpenter ants, termites, carpenter bees, wood wasps, beetles and borers.

Unlike most ant sprays, it features a non-staining formula that does not leave behind unpleasant odors.

Pros
  • Also kills termites
  • Residual control for up to 4 weeks
  • 2-way precision spray nozzle (wide spray or into cracks and crevices)
  • Can be used indoors and outdoors
Cons
  • Spray will turn into foam (can remain visible for a couple days)
  • Initial smell is quite strong (but doesn’t last)

4) Ortho 0196410 Home Defense MAX Insect Spray (for Indoor & Home Perimeter)

Ortho Home Defense Max kills over 130 insects like Ants, Roaches, Spiders, Stink Bugs, House Centipedes. It can be used indoors as well as around the outside perimeter of your house.

It provides up to 12 months of control when sprayed indoors on non-porous surfaces (like baseboards, window trim and door trim). An outdoor application can last up to 3 months depending on the weather (ie. rain).

Pros
  • Fast-acting formula
  • Up to 12 month control
  • Non-staining
  • Odor free
  • Also works on other pests

Tip: Apply when rain is not expected for the next 24 hours. Once dried, rain will not easily wash it off.


5) Bifen XTS 25.1% 32 oz quart


The Bifen XTS is a heavy duty insecticide that works by interrupting the insects nervous system. It kills and controls over 50 unwanted pests including ants, termites and surface feeding insects.

It is a fast-acting synthetic pyrethroid with low odor and provides quick knock down.

Creates an excellent barrier around the perimeter of the house and provides long residual activity for improved ant control.

Pros
  • Heavy duty
  • Order free
  • Long residual activity
  • Works on other pests as well (i.e spiders, bed bugs, termites)
Cons
  • Mixing required
  • Sprayer sold separately

>> Buy sprayer here: Chapin 20002 Poly Sprayer


Bait Station
Safety Gloves

AMMEX Disposable Black Gloves (Box of 100)

Available in these sizes: S, M, L & XL


Final thoughts

Although spraying foraging ants is only temporary fix and will have little impact on the ant nest, ant spray is an effective and relatively cheap ant killer to keep at home. They are also a good choice for attacking other pest like roaches and bedbugs.

When applying ant spray, make sure to keep the area ventilated and keep children and pets away from the treatment area until treatment has dried. Also consider using a respirator mask as well as put on a pair of glove when using an ant spray.

Ant sprays aren’t as effective outdoors as they are easily washed away by water, hence consider using other options when getting rid of ants outdoor. It is however a good option to use to create a barrier around the house.

In conclusion, having a can or two at home can come in handy when dealing with sudden ant invasion at home.

Are you facing problems with ants at home? Have you tried ant spray? Tell us what you like and dislike about them.

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