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Ant Control

 How to Get Rid of Ants

 

  Common Ants

 

Recommended Treatment Methods 

 

Common Household Ants

Ant baits and non-repellent insecticide sprays are two popular methods for household ant control. Baiting and insecticide spray can be combined for the most effective treatment if a non-repellent spray is used.

All Ant Baits:  All ants require two types of food cycles to thrive. The cycles are referred to as the sweet cycle and the grease/protein cycle. There's no easy way to tell which cycle an ant requires at any given moment. Using both protein and sweet baits is the most effective method to bait ants.

Non-Repellent Insecticide Sprays: Sprays such as Taurus SC (Fipronil 9.1%) are preferred for ant control. The ants cannot detect its presence and crawl through the treated area. The insecticide kills the ant slowly so it has plenty of time to track the insecticide back to the nest.

 

Carpenter Ants

Insect first to determine sites of nests.Use Taurus SC around the perimeter if they are foraging inside. Use Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait and Advance 375A baits on their ant trails (inspect their trails at sunset or night when they are returning to their nests.) Use an insecticide dust like D-Fense Dust or an aerosol like Alpine PT or Alpine Ant and Termite Foam to treat void directly.

Carpenter Ant Baits: Our recommended Carpenter Ant Baits will help you narrow your search.

All Ant Baits:  All ants require two types of food cycles to thrive. The cycles are referred to as the sweet cycle and the grease/protein cycle. There's no easy way to tell which cycle an ant requires at any given moment. Using both protein and sweet baits is the most effective method to bait ants.

Mega-Colony Ants (Crazy and Argentine Ants)

Mega-Colony Ants like Argentine Ants and Crazy Ants are persistent ants. The Mega Colony Kit contains a mixture of products for your best solution.

 

Fire Ants:

  • Preventive Fire Ant Control: Preventive treatment with Bifen LP granules is the easiest method to control fire ant populations.
  • Existing Fire Ant Infestation: If fire ants have already infested an area, then a fire ant bait is required to get rid of the infestation.

 

Insecticide Dusts for Ant Control

When it comes to controlling ants in the home, insecticide dusts are the forgotten hero. We typically focus on quick kill insecticides and baits that can be taken back to the colony, but dusts are a great long term strategy. Dust formulations have been around for years. They are safe, extremely long lasting, and easy to use. One draw back to dusts is that they take longer to kill off the colony and they aren't good to use out in the open. Dust is more appropriate for places like wall voids, and other protected hiding places. In properly protected places, insecticide dust can make an area uninhabitable by insects for years. Use an insecticide duster during the dust application to make the job much easier.

Refer to this article for more ant control information

Not Sure What to Get?   Use our Ant Type filter to help narrow down your search or see our Ant Control Recommendations From Licensed Exterminators to help find exactly what you need.

 

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  1. Non Repellent Ant  Kit -Taurus SC and Phantom Aerosol
    $66.25

    Use this ant control kit to treat ants inside and outside with the non repellent insecticides, Taurus SC and Phantom Aerosol. Using a pest control method with non repellent insecticides for ant control is superior over repellent insecticides, because the ants can not detect its presence. If ants can detect an insecticide, they will choose to go around it and enter the structure in another manner. With non repellent insecticides, the ants go thru the chemicals without avoiding it. As they go thru the Taurus and Phantom, the foraging ants are covered with the insecticide, taking it back to the nest to share with other ants.

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  2. Alpine Aerosol PT

    Alpine aerosol pressurized insecticide with Dinotefuran  is not only a very safe insecticide (reduced risk ) but is a nonrepellent aerosol(insects don't know it is there) for residual control of crawling and flying insects. Alpine works great on insecticide-resistant bed bugs.
    Also labeled for ants, beetles, flies and more. 
    Three  great features: Reduced Risk , Non Repellent (insects don't know where it is) and residual(keeps working).
    Alpine Aerosol is approved for use in New York.

    Can not be shipped by expedited choices, per air regulations.

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  3. Phantom  II Aerosol

    Phantom Pressurized Aerosol Spray delivers the power and effectiveness of Phantom Insecticide in a convenient and easy-to-use aerosol can with an active ingredient Chlorfenapyr 0.5%. Phantom Aerosol by BASF has changed to "Phantom II", with the same active ingredient, Chlorfenapyr 0.5%. Phantom II now has less odor.

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  4. Premise Foam - Bayer

    Premise Foam is a ready-to-use foam termiticide insecticide in an 18-oz can which will treat about 1,000 cubic inches. Premise Foam is a non-repellent insecticide available in an instant, portable application.

    Premise Foam in a can is the latest innovation from Bayer Environmental Science. It's a simple and unique way to deliver foam that will change the way termites and ants are controlled.

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  5. Termidor Foam

    Termidor Foam is the same great product Termidor, in a convenient ready to use pressurized foam can.

    Termidor Foam termiticide/insecticide is ideal for wall voids and spot treatments. Termidor Foam is effective on termites, ants and other listed pests.

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  6. alpine ant and termite foam

    In wall voids and localized termite infestations, Alpine Ant &Termite Foam is an excellent product to combine with other non-repellents like Taurus SC.

    Alpine Foam cannot be detected by insects (non-repellent) and gets transfered throughout, allowing the insecticide to spread quickly throughout the entire colony. Alpine Foam is a safer insecticide, being part of a line of reduced-risk insecticides which contain Dinotefuran. With Alpine Foam you can treat subterranean and drywood termites, including termite swarm sites and localized termite infestations in wall voids and other areas.

    Can not be shipped by expedited choices, per air regulations.

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  7. FastOut CS Insect Foam
    $24.95

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    FastOut CS Insect Foam - Fast - Non-Repellent - Broad Spectrum

    Not only is FastOut CS microencapsulated foam a fast insect foam for quick results, but it is a "non-repellent". As a non-repellent, the termites or other insects do not know it is present, in order to avoid it. FastOut CS is a broad spectrum, ready to use insecticide that controls 34 insects.

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  8. CB D Foam 20 oz.

    D-Foam Residual with Deltamethrin offers unique foaming properties that make it ideal for crack and crevice termite treatments, including Subterranean Termites, Formosan Termites and Drywood Termites. In addition, CB D-Foam is highly effective against both Carpenter Ants and Carpenter Bees. Joining the already popular D-Force HPX and the D-Force with deltamethrin, CB D-Foam works for up to 8 weeks.

    Can not be shipped by expedited choices, per air regulations.

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  9. d force aerosol

    D-Force Insecticide Residual Aerosol provides 100% control of crawling insects for up to 8 weeks. It provides rapid control of residential and industrial pests D-Force Insecticide Residual Aerosol has the power of Deltamethrin for above-ground termite control*, bedbugs, plus 50 other insect species! D-Force has a super fast knock down with a highly active aerosol solvent system for indoor and outdoor use.

    Can not be shipped by expedited choices, per air regulations.

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  10. Zenprox Aerosol

    Zenprox Aerosol is a botanical / pyrethroid nonrepellent insecticide aerosol that will kill quickly on contact. Zenprox Aerosol combines four active ingredients for optimum results and has a broad-spectrum versatility.

    Zenprox Aerosol has the same active ingredient, Etofenprox as in Zenprox EC, but in a convenient aerosol form. The Zenprox aerosol has a 360 degree valve (for upside down spraying).

    It is an excellent aerosol for bed bug control and may be sprayed as a spot treatment on mattresses, bed frames, and box springs. Zenprox Aerosol can also be used outside as well as inside and kills a broad spectrum of insects. Such insects are bed bugs, ants, carpet beetles, cockroaches, crickets, earwigs, firebrats, fleas, flour beetles, grain beetles, pillbugs, silverfish, sowbugs and spiders and others.

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