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Common Ants

Ant Identification Keys*

1- Node Ants : Black Carpenter Ants, Red Carpenter Ants, Field Ants, Small (False Honey Ants), Large Yellow Ants, Odorous House Ants

2-Node Ants :Thief Ants, Pharaoh Ants, Little Black Ants, Acrobat Ants, Pavement Ants, Big-Headed Ants

*These pdfs are courtesy of Univ of Nebraska, Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County

 

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. Optigard Ant Bait Gel (thiamethoxam)

    Optigard Ant Bait Gel is a powerful, slow acting non-repellent. The active ingredient, thiamethoxam, knocks out workers, brood, and queens. Optigard is for indoor and outdoor control of structure-invading ants; excluding fire, harvester, and Pharaoh ants. Optigard Ant Bait Gel doesn't have the unsightly yellowish-brown color or the runny inconsistency of other baits.

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  2. Non Repellent Ant  Kit -Taurus SC and Spectre Aerosol
    $64.36

    Taurus SC may be used outside with around the perimeter and possible entry points (windows and doors). The Spectre Aerosol, with its crack and crevice tool, may be used inside for ant control.

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  3. Carpenter Ant Bait Combo

    Starting at: $47.19

    Combine the two most effective baits for carpenter ant control. The Advance 375A is a granulated bait that provides the protein/grease dietary needs. The Fleet Ant Bait Gel supplies the sugar/sweet nutritional needs. Locate carpenter ant trails and place both baits on their trails. The best time to find carpenter ant trails is at sunset or night. You will find them traveling on the corners and edges of your house.

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  4. DIY Carpenter Ant Bait Kit
    $83.85

    Two types of baits to use for carpenter ants. The Advance 375 A Select Bait may be used for other ants as well and will feed their protein requirements. The Maxforce Fleet Ant Gel is an excellent bait to feed their sugar requirements and is fast acting. The ants will either take one or the other, depending on the needs of that certain ant colony.

    Taurus SC  is the preferred choice of insecticide, because it is a non repellent insecticide. Because the ants can't detect it, they don't avoid it, tracking it back to the nest. Taurus SC is to be used outside only.

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  5. Complete Ant Bait Kit #1
    $57.00

    A complete ant kit to fit all the dietary needs for inside and outside, excluding fire ants, harvester and pharaoh ants. For use in Commercial, Industrial and Residential areas. A complete ant bait kit to fit all the dietary needs for inside and outside, excluding fire ants, harvester and pharaoh ants.

    Contains:

    1. (1) 8 oz Maxforce Complete Insect Bait
    2. (1 Box ) AdvionAnt Bait Gel- 4 x 30 gram syrings.
    3. (12) Intice Ant Bait Station Plates with lids
    4. Catchmaster 100i Insect Traps (3 boards-9 traps)
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  6. Maxforce Complete Granular Insect Bait - 8  oz

    Starting at: $20.55

    Maxforce Complete Granular Insect Bait containing hydramethylnon is a combination of food based ingredients. Maxforce Complete Granular Insect Bait treats a wide variety of crawling insect pests such as ants, crickets, firebrats, silverfish, and roaches. Maxforce's exclusive Domino Effect delayed killing action allows insects to make several trips back to where they live and breed before they die. This Domino Effect provides better control of the population than contact poisons, which only kill the insects they touch.

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  7. Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel
    $0.00

    Out of stock

    The Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait has been discontinued. We suggest using the Maxforce Fleet Ant Bait instead.

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  8. Maxforce Fleet

    Maxforce Fleet Ant Gel with Fipronil provides a long-lasting, and fast choice for ant control. Maxforce Fleet is a carbohydrate-based gel with a high moisture content that gets rid of ants within 3-5 days. If the ants prefer a protein-based bait, they may ignore this bait.

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  9. 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 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 effective against many resistant insects.
    Alpine Aerosol is approved for use in New York.

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

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  10. Advance 375A Select Ant Bait -8 oz and 2lb containers

    Starting at: $25.25

    Advance 375A Ant Bait is a ready-to-use product for use in controlling Carpenter Ants, Fire Ants, Pharoah Ants, Odorous Ants, House Ants and other ants both indoors and outdoors. This bait formulation in Advance 375 A Select combines a bait mixture of foods and the delayed action insecticide, abamectin.

    This protein-based bait ant bait acts to reduce the population of worker ants and can cause immediate halt in egg production resulting in colony elimination.

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