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Little Black Ants

About Black Ants

Black ants are insects that can be found almost everywhere across the world. These insects live in colonies and have omnivorous eating habits. They can eat plants, meat, honey dew, sweets, vegetables etc. They prefer living outdoors, underneath rocks, stones and decayed logs and leaves. These ants usually find empty spaces, cracks and holes on walls or anywhere else to build their nest.


  1. Follow the black ant trail

Killing the ants passing by will not eliminate the problem from its roots. The main source of the colonies is the queen. In order to find the nest and the queen a trail of ants must be followed. It is important to identify the ants taking food crumbs and following them to find the nest. Once the nest has been found, be careful not to disturb the worker ants taking the food to the nest.

  1. An offering for the queen ant

Once the nest has been identified, bait should be set for the black ants colony. The bait should consist of insecticides inside food and bait stations to eliminate the queen. The worker ants in charge of feeding the queen will take back the poisoned food to the queen. This will ultimately kill the queen and her entire colony. The ants escaping the nest can be sprayed with insecticides as well.

  1. Feed the black ants

There are several methods of achieving this, including the following:

POISON BAITS: Few examples of such baits are Indoxacarb, hydramethanol, fipronil and Borax. These can be used indoors and outdoors. They can be placed around the ant’s mound with their preferred food. These insecticides when mixed with the right bait have the most effective results in terminating entire colonies.

GRANULES: Examples of granules are Acephate and hydramethylon. Such products can be used to eliminate outdoor colony and prevent new pests from appearing. The granules can be poured into the mounds and along the trails. It is considered a Broadcast treatment.

IGR: One example of insect growth regulator is Pyriproxifen. It is a slow acting chemical which kills the queen leading to extermination of the entire colony. The chemical can be poured inside and outside the mounds to remove any ants that may try to escape.   This will take the longest to have an effect on the colony and works really well with fire ants.

LIQUID INSECTICIDE: Few examples are Deltamethrin , Bifenthrin and Gamma- Chyalothrin. These are mostly contact insecticides which can be used indoors and outdoors. These can be poured into mounds and other areas where the black ants can be found congregating.  Spread around the perimeter, these are usually better used after the baiting has occurred and the ant colony has been eliminated.

FOAMS AND SPRAYS: These sprays contain Fipronil which has to be sprayed inside wall voids, cracks and crevices, and plumbing penetration to kill the entire colony. This works well when you have been have identified the trail and an opening.

  1. Recommended chemicals and Insecticides

There are many insecticides available for terminating the black ants few of these are as follows:

Advion Ant Bait Gel and Arena:   This product can be used both indoors and outdoorsand and will be offering up a food source.

Phantom Aerosol: The ready to use spray contains Chlorfenapyr 0.5%. This is a non repellent insecticide that works really well, and can be sprayed on the ant trails..

Fipro  FOAM: This product consists of Fipronil and is used indoors to eradicate nest from crevices inside walls. The foam is quite thick and creates a barrier the penetration is effective in removing the black ants.

Reclaim IT:  It is a strong concentrate that can be used both indoor and outdoor creating a barrier that prevents the black ants from insects entering the house. It must only be used on dry surfaces

  1. Hygiene is the best way to keep the ants astray

The black ants are attracted to meat and all sweet product and do build nest in walls and wooden structures. Therefore, it is important to keep all the sinks, kitchen counters and dishes clean. Wipe off the floors, with bleach and make sure food is disposed-off properly and the leftovers are sealed tightly in containers. Cracks and weak walls and furniture must be fixed and the doors and windows should be screened to avoid the Black ants from coming inside the house.

Once you have applied any type of bait, you need to avoid using insecticide or cleaners in those areas it will cause an aversion to the bait.

  1. Sticky traps and sniffing borax  

We all know the black ants have a sweet tooth, so if there are materials like cookies, sugar or sweets in the pantry they can be safeguarded using an adhesive tape. The tape should be wrapped around the container or jar with the sticky side facing outwards. When the ants come crawling up for a feast, they get stuck on the adhesive tape.

A paste can be used for indoor ant infestation. Powder form chemical like DIATOMACEOUS EARTH or BORAX can be blown into the cracks, crevices and holes, and any other place to eradicate the problem.

There are also insecticidal dust that are preferred to be dusted into wall voids to prevent further infestations.

  1. Chalk for the ants

Chalk comprises of calcium carbonate and grounded shells and dead marine animals. All these components combined keep the black ants at bay. Crushing the chalk into powdered form and scattering it around the mounds in the yard and marking the entrances repel them away.  This will be a short term solution.

Fight or flight

All species, insects or humans have a fight or flight response towards any threatening situation. For homeowners, the flight response is to leave them alone and try and ignore or spray with cleaning supplies.  This won’t solve anything and we hope that you will find something these suggestions helpful and informative.   It is time to fight back using all the strategies available to get rid of the black ants.


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