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How To Apply Ant Bait To Control Ants

Bug Lady posted this on Oct 12, 2016

We get asked quite often on application for ant bait, where to place it and also how to apply the ant bait.  I thought the blog is the most effective method to get this information out to our customers.  Please do not hesitate to email or call us if you have any further questions or need product recommendations.

What type of ant bait will typically depend on what type of ant and also their food preference.  Another important factor is santitation so that the bait is not competing with other food sources, remember that the bait is trying to mimic the ants food source.

Location of ant baits should be in the areas where the ants are being seen indoors.  Inside ant baitshould be placed in window sills, electrical outlets, pipes and sinks, countertops, toilets, pipes and drains, sinks and any other source of moisture.  On the outside, ant baits can be placed at corners of windowsills, at corners of the foundation, arond entrances and exits, around base of trees, outside tree holes, and at incoming and outgoing pplumbing and electrical lines.  Best way to determine what ant bait they will select is to give them all the options, proteins, carbohydrates and oils.  Some of the ant baits have all options in the formulation (advance Dual Choice ant bait stations).    Make sure the ants are feeding on the ant bait, and continue placement in areas where they are actively picking the ant bait up.  The ants should be allowed several days to feed on baits before switching any of the baits. 

Do not spray a repelling insecticide in areas where you are trying to bait for ants, most of the insecticides aside from Termidor and Premise 2, which are non repelling insecticides.  You want the ants to pick up the ant bait, but spraying a chemical around the areas of the bait, something the ants will sense and avoid will definitely make the bait unattractive to the ants.

There is always the option of ant bait stations that make it easy to have bait in a sensitive area.

Tips for Use:

  • Place Maxforce ant bait stations by ant trails and where ants have been seen.
  • Three bait stations should control an average size room, or approximately one bait station per 100 square feet.
  • Do not spray chemicals or disturb trails between ant nests and bait stations.
  • Periodically, replace Maxforce ant bait stations that are empty and relocate stations that show little or no ant activity


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