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 be used as a residual spray that provides a barrier protection that keeps 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.

 ProductPrice
1Raid Ant Killer Insecticide Spray Check Price
2TERRO T1700 Outdoor Ant Killer Spray Check Price
3TERRO Carpenter Ant Killer Aerosol Spray Check Price
4Ortho 0196410 Home Defense MAX Insect Spray Check Price
5Bifen XTS 25.1% 32 oz quart Check Price

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 for up to 4 weeks
  • No lingering chemical smell or 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 Ant Killer Spray can deliver spray to up to 15 feet away with its powerful spray head.

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 and acts as a barrier around home perimeter, foundations, windows and doors.

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. Its designed for quick-killing and provides residual control for both outdoor and indoor.

The spray design features a useful spray nozzle that works 2 ways where it can be used as a coarse spray (wide area) or as a crack-and-crevice (targetted) spot treatment.

It does not leave behind unpleasant odours thanks to its non-staining formula.

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 Pest Spray (for inside house & Home Perimeter)

This Home Defense Max Spray by Ortho kills over 130 pests 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 mths of effectiveness indoors (where there’s no rain) and on solid surfaces. Depending on the weather (ie. rain), an outdoor application can remain effective for up to 3 mths.

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 can kill over 50 types of pests including ants and termites.

It provides fast-acting knock-out with little odour and provide an excellent barrier around the perimeter of your house with long residual effect.

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 ant spray is only a temporary solution with little impact on the ant nest colony, they are effective and relatively cheap ant killer product to keep at home. If needed, they also works on other pest like roaches and mosquitoes.

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

As Ant spray can easily be washed away by water (i.e rain), they might not be ideal for outdoor use (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 of ant spray at home can come in handy when dealing with a sudden ant invasion at home. They are relatively cheap and have pretty good shelve life.

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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