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Tips for the Effective Use of Ant Baits

Bug Lady posted this on Oct 5, 2016

Follow the tips below for effectively using ant baits. Ant baits are a wonderful resource to limit the ant population in your
area, without having to spray harmful chemicals or granules all over your yard. They are one of the most simple methods for the DIY pest controller. By using a few effective strategies with ant baits, you can really keep your ant pest control population in check.

Inspect area for ant activity and conditions conducive to infestation of ants.

  • Are there food sources readily available that would be inviting for ants?
  • Check potted plants for signs of ant’s activity.
  • Do you have large cracks or crevices allowing ants to travel into your home?
  • Are garbage receptacles located very near your home?

Recommend corrective measures for conditions that are conducive to ants.

  • If you see that you are making it easy for ants to invade your home, rectify the conditions in number one tolimit the accessibility of your home to ants.
  • Repair cracks and entry way accessibility and practice good sanitation.
  • Move debris, garbage and large brush from near your home.
  • Mop up any ant “trails” after you have located the source using an insecticidal soap.


Select the proper ant bait product for control:

  • Once you have determined which species of ant that you are dealing with, review bait information to ensure that you are using the proper
    bait for that ant type.  Ants also change their foraging habits seasonally.
  • In SPRING, Ants search for protein to nourish the brood. SUMMER Ants forage for sweet honeydew, which is typically found on plants and ornamentals. Choose a baiting product that is high in carbohydrates.
  • During FALL, Honeydew-producing insects begin to die off naturally so sweet-feeding ants will prefer a balanced diet.
  • WINTER has ants trying to keep warm, ant activity indoors indicates a colony has located inside the heated environment. This normally means that the ants are feeding on the same foods we eat, so a balanced bait or combination of protein and sweet willwork best. Review manufacturer descriptions for their baiting product.


Place bait(s) close to ant nests and along foraging trails:

  • Ants travel down foraging trails and can be easy to spot.  Use this to your benefit and place the bait station where it is easy for the ants to move to the bait.
  • Only use your bait indoors if there is an infestation and you cannot locate where the ants are coming from.  You do not want to inadvertently lure them into your home.

Apply a perimeter spray around the structure to prevent ants from entering:

  • Stop your problem from spreading by protecting your home with a perimeter spray.

Follow-up and place additional bait if ant activity persists:

  • Baits cab go rancid and lose their efficacy after a certain period of time. The manufacturer of the ant bait should list the length of time that their bait is able to actively bait the ants.


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