- 1 How Ant Baits Work
- 2 Best Ant Baits
- 3 #1 – Advion Ant Gel
- 4 #2- Terro Ant Killer Liquid Ant Baits
- 5 #3- COMBAT SOURCE KILL MAX A2 ANT KILLING GEL
- 6 #4 -HOT SHOT 2040W MAXATTRAX ANT BAIT
- 7 #5- OptiGuard Ant Bait Gel
- 8 #6- TERRO 1 oz Liquid Ant Killer ll T100
- 9 #7-Pest Soldier Organic Home Pest Control Spray
- 10 #8- Raid Ant Gel
- 11 #9-Maxforce Quantum 0.03% Imidacloprid Ant Control Liquid Bait
- 12 #10-GreenGuard Ultrasonic Pest Repeller
- 13 Ant Bait Buyer’s Guide
- 14 The Final Say
Ants can be a common household pest, but getting them out of your home can be more complicated than you would think. You destroy one trail of ants, killing hundreds of them at once, only to discover a new line of scavengers has formed only hours later. This frustrating pattern can continue for days or weeks or even longer. The reality is that the best and most effective way to rid your home of this annoying infestation is to destroy the nest itself. No matter how many ants you think you are killing in your home, there could be tens of thousands more just waiting in the nest to take their place. On top of that the Queen ant will be busy laying a thousand new eggs every single day. Clearly the colony must be destroyed if you ever want to live in a home free from ants.
Of course there may be more than one nest. The nest could be hidden or hard to find. The ants may be coming from cracks in floors and walls, making it almost impossible to find the actual colony they are originating from. The best news is that you don’t actually have to find the source in order to wipe them all out. Ant baits have been created to solve the problem of destroying the entire nest without ever having to find it.
How Ant Baits Work
Ant baits have been designed to work based on typical ant behavior. Scavenger ants are sent out into the world to discover and then bring back food to feed the entire colony. The poison in ant baits is mixed with a sweet substance which makes it attractive to ants. When the first ant finds the poisoned food, he eats his fill and then begins the process of bringing the tainted treat back to the colony to feast upon. Soon a line of ants form all carrying the bait back to the waiting ants at home. The poison is slow acting so the the first ants to eat it will be able to return their colonies before the die.
Now the poison will be eaten by the colony, however when the first ants who ate the bait, die back in their nests and they will also be eaten by the other ants and the bait will be spread some more. This will continue until all the ants including the queen have eaten the poison. Depending on the size of the colony or possibly colonies, the whole process could take anywhere from a couple days to a couple weeks.
Best Ant Baits
I have put together a list of some of the top ant baits that produce the best results. So if you have found yourself with a problematic ant infestation, consider trying one of the following ant bait suggestions.
Advion Ant Gel earns it place as number one on my list based on its solid reputation, reliable effectiveness and outstanding user reviews. After the bait is placed swarms of ants will be attracted to it within a few short hours. The longer it is left there the more ants will come to take the bait back home.
Advion uses the effective and popular syringe style design of ant bait. The syringe is great for getting the bait into tight corners or cracks or other places where ants are most likely to be. The Advion syringe is easy to use, and works well. Another great feature from Advion is the use of gel which keeps the bait exactly where you put it. The gel can be used indoors or out, but should be placed somewhere where it will be left undisturbed for several days. Ideally it is best to place the gel in multiple locations near the infestation site to attract as many ants as possible. Both the poison and the poisoned dead ants will be brought back to the colony where it will be spread. The ants will be gone within a couple days. As with all types of poison care should be used to keep pets and small children away from the sites where the bait is placed.
Advion is effective, reliable and popular ant bait at good price.
#2- Terro Ant Killer Liquid Ant Baits
The best thing bout this bait is that is easy to use. Terro Ant Killer comes in a pack of 6 baits that can be placed wherever they are needed most. As with other ant baits, it attracts the ant with its sweet smell, and then once the ants take the bait and carry it back to their colonies, they will die within hours of consuming it. The poison will then spread as more ants eat either the bait or the bodies of the other poisoned ants.
The bait stations simply need to be opened and then placed in the desired locations. They can be located inside or outside but should be placed somewhere where they can be left for several days undisturbed. As with all ant poisons, care should be used so no pets or small children are able to get into the poison. If it is necessary to solve your ant infestation the baits can be used for several months. In this case it would be best to rotate the location of baits periodically to give the best exposure to the ants.
Terro Ant Killer Liquid Ant Baits have one of the best reputations for effectiveness. This fantastic ant killer is affordable, easy to use and simply put, it just works.
#3- COMBAT SOURCE KILL MAX A2 ANT KILLING GEL
Combat is one of the most well know brand names when it comes to home pest control products. This ant bait, much like the Advion brand, employs the use both the syringe applicator and gel substance for its bait. This method is a very popular and effective way to apply the bait precisely and effectively. The syringe and gel allows for precise control of applying the bait to the locations that are needed. Combat’s bait is similar to the other baits that I wrote about earlier. It has a sweet smell to attract the ants, and once eaten it is carried back to the nest to be eaten by the rest of the colony. The slow-acting poison eventually kills off the entire colony.
The applicator is ready to go straight out of the box and is simple to use. Simply squeeze the syringe where you want the gel to be applied. The ants problem should be eliminated within 3-5 days. As with the other products, this bait can be used indoors or out, and should be put in undisturbed location for several days for max effectiveness. As always, keep it out of the reach of pets and small children.
A great feature of the Combat Source Kill Max A2 Ant Killing Gel is that works on multiple types of ants including black ants, house ants, carpenter ants, pavement ants, and pharaoh ants. This ant product is affordable and can be a great help to eliminating your ant problem.
#4 -HOT SHOT 2040W MAXATTRAX ANT BAIT
This traditional style ant bait is easy on the budget. The bait station has a standard four entry-way design, with the bait located inside the station. As with other ant killers, the bait is designed to be taken by the ants back to the colony to be eaten there to destroy the entire nest. It is the longest lasting ant killer on our list. The Hot Shot ant bait can be put out for up to 6 months in an indoor setting.
This is an affordable alternative for a store bought ant killer. It is a solid performer, and extremely easy to use.
#5- OptiGuard Ant Bait Gel
OptiGuard Ant Bait Gel is a very similar product to the Advion Ant Bait. It comes in a gel form and is applied to surfaces using a syringe. It is a sweet bait intended to attract sweet feeding ants. It works the same as the Advion and the Combat Source Kill baits. The ant take the bait and bring it back to the colony and eventually the entire nest will be destroyed.
Optiguard can be used indoors and outdoors and the syringe applicator is great for use in cracks and crevices. This ant bait has a great reputation for being an effective and reliable ant killer. The slow acting poison requires patience, but once it is taken by the worker ants, the colony should die out within a few days.
This a powerhouse product, that works great, and comes greatly recommended. It is competitively priced when compared to similar products on the market.
#6- TERRO 1 oz Liquid Ant Killer ll T100
Like the Terro Ant Bait listed as #2 on our list, this Terro Liquid Ant killer is a highly effective and reliable product for eliminating ant infestations. This product’s active ingredient is Boric Acid, just like Grandpa used to use. Boric Acid has long been known as effective way to wipe out ants when it is mixed with a sugary substance. Any type of sugar feeding ants will be attracted to this product. The difference in this product and the other Terro product I reviewed is that it comes in a 1 oz container and is manually poured out on the supplied cardboard discs, rather than the pre-made bait stations that come with the first Terro product. Some ant experts believe that the liquid poison is more easily carried by ants than gels.
I listed this one as number 6 on my list because having to manually pour the liquid and keep it on the cardboard disc is a bit more inconvenient than the pre-made bait stations also made by Terro. However this could be better for some people, depending on your needs. The discs are then place throughout your house where you are having a problem with ants. The liquid bait proves itself to be a powerful and effective way to solve an ant infestation.
Terro ant killers have a great reputation for ant killers, and this bottle is inexpensive and a great choice.
#7-Pest Soldier Organic Home Pest Control Spray
Number seven on my list is the first product that I reviewed that is not actually an ant bait system. I am including this one for its environmental friendly qualities. Many people who want to control the ants that come into their home are also concerned by the toxins that ant baits expose them too. Pest Soldier Organic Home Pest Control Spray is a good alternative to traditional ant control methods. This spray will naturally kill and repel a whole host of different types of pests, including ants.
This is a fast acting killer in comparison to the slow-acting poisons in the ant bait systems. You will see immediate results when you use it, and there will be no waiting for the ants to disappear. The most attractive thing about this spray is that is organic, all natural and completely non-toxic. Completely safe for children and pets.
So if you are concerned about toxic ant poisons this safe product may be worth a try! The company even offers a 60 day money back guarantee. It’s hard to find a reason why not to try this one.
#8- Raid Ant Gel
Raid is household name when it comes to pest control. This ant gel bait is made for precision controlled placement. Raid Ant Gel bait is designed similar to the Advion Ant Gel. Once the gel is applied to any surface, including cracks or crevices, the bait will be carried back to the colony, wiping out the whole nest. Raid Ant gel will kill for an entire month.
This product comes in a applicator tube, and you never have to touch the poison with your hands. Raid is well known name in pest control, so you can feel reassured by the company name. It is an inexpensive and highly effective option.
#9-Maxforce Quantum 0.03% Imidacloprid Ant Control Liquid Bait
Maxforce Quantum Ant Control is another gel and syringe ant killer system. These types of sysytems are currently very popular and very effective for controling infestations. The gel can easily be applied into small spaces and Maxforce will continue to work for up to two weeks. The broadsprectrum poison targets a host of ants including Argentine, Ghost, little black, Odorous House, Pavement, and Honey.
Maxforce is comparable to the other great gel baits we have reviewed for this page, and is solid and reliable product. You can count on Maxforce to help control your ant problem.
#10-GreenGuard Ultrasonic Pest Repeller
I am including the GreenGuard Ultrasonic Pest Repeller as number ten on my list as another alternative to poisonous ant baits. The ultrasonic pest repeller uses high density, inaudible, ultrasonic sound waves to repel all types of pests as well as mice and rats. This another non-toxic child friendly way to rid your home of any pest infestations if introducing ant poisons is a concern for you.
Not only will Green Guard help with your ant problem, it will repel mosquitoes, roaches, spiders and other insects. All without having the need to spray chemicals around your home. With their lifetime guarantee, and great reviews, Green Guard is another alternative option to consider for home pest control.
Ant Bait Buyer’s Guide
One of the most frustration pest problems is an ant infestation in your home. They can cause many problems and issues for you and your house. It can become a huge battle to rid your home of these very much unwanted guests.
However with proper research and a very small investment eliminating ant colonies in and around your home can be achieved easily. There are countless products available for quick home use to rid your house of this pest. When you research all the options it can be a lot easier to decide which product would be best for your particular needs. I am including a few more things that you may want to consider when looking at the different products that are available.
Every type of ant bait is little bit different and its important to keep in mind what the bait will do to the environment you put it in. Some types of ant poison will also destroy plants and grass or contaminate surrounding soil. Other animals or insects that come into contact may also ingest and become sick from the poison.
There are even some types ant killers that should not be used in poorly ventilated areas. They have been known to be very toxic and could cause many unwanted symptoms such as headaches, or dizziness. Extended exposure to some of the chemicals in ant killers can even lead to cancer in rare cases. Always follow directions on the bait you chose and minimize human exposure to the poison.
There are plenty of ant baits available on the market, so researching the effectiveness of a product is always the first step you want to take. Most of the products work in the same way. They use a sweet substance mixed with ant poison to attract the ants. The ants then eat the poison and carry it back to the nest to be eaten by the rest of the colony. The slow acting poison then kills the ants, the remaining ants consume the poisoned ants, and the cycle continues until the entire colony is eliminated. This being said there are generally two different designs to putting the ant poison in the desired areas. Bait stations can be very effective in some cases, but by far the syringe systems tend to be the superior method to deliver the bait.
Syringes and bait stations are by far the cleanest method you can use inside the home. Powders and liquids can often spill into unintended places causing overexposure in your home of toxic chemicals. However these methods can more effective if you are trying to eliminate a large nest outside your home.
The Final Say
After considering the value, effectiveness, and best method for your ant problem, you should be able to pick out the best product that meets your needs. Doing your research to avoid ineffective, too cheap, or too pricey products will help you avoid unnecessary headaches when trying to rid your home of of this pest.