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Ant Control

 How to Get Rid of Ants

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. Taurus SC 20 oz

    Starting at: $43.50

    Taurus SC Insecticide and Termiticide with 9.1 % Fipronil has the same active ingredient and label as the well known Termidor SC. Taurus SC is a non-repellent insecticide labeled for termite treatments and home perimeter treatments. Since Taurus is a non-repellent, the insects do not know it is there, so they don't make attempts to avoid it. They will cross over it, and consume or spread Taurus SC throughout the entire colony. It is a water-based suspension concentrate for pre and post-construction termite applications, and to control perimeter pests.

    Taurus SC will exterminate termite colonies in a little as 3 months on average. As an ant control product it is proven to be a very effective ant killer working in just a couple of weeks.

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  2. 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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  3. FUSE Termiticide & Insecticide -27.5 oz

    Starting at: $72.50

    FUSE insecticide/termiticide uses a combination of active ingredients with various modes of action for an unique and effective product. This combined chemistry by Control Solutions uses two non-repellents, imidacloprid and fipronil for very effective termite and perimeter pest control applications. It not only controls termites and ants, but a number of outside perimeter pests.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Bifen LP Insecticide Granules

    Bifen LP covers covers 5,000-10,000 square feet. Bifen LP is used to control ants (including imported fire ants), roaches, spiders, fleas, ticks, worms, crickets, and almost all other insect pests. Compare Bifen LP to Talstar PL Granulars with the same active Ingredient: Bifenthrin 0.20%, they both have the same label.

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  7. Invict Blitz Ant Granules

    Starting at: $31.05

    Invict Blitz is a mega colony bait that is perfect for combating mega colony ants and persistent ants such as Argentine, Rasberry Crazy, Caribbean and Big-Headed ants. The active ingredient, imidaclorprid is included with a proprietary bait matrix that is a powerful combination. It may be used indoor, outdoor or truf use.

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  8. Talstar XTRA Granular Insecticide - Verge

    Talstar XTRA Granular Insecticide gets rid of fire ants in as little as 15 minutes and keep them away for four months. Talstar XTRA Granular Insecticide has the same active ingredient bifenthrin as Talstar and Bifen IT residuals, but combined with another active ingredient called zeta-cypermethrin. This supercharges the bifenthrin bringing faster results. Talstar XTRA Granular Insecticide is formulated in a clay based granule that provides even coverage, rapid disintegration in lawns and turf and very little dust. Learn More
  9. Maxforce FC Ant Killer Bait Gel

    Maxforce (MAX FORCE) FC Ant Bait Gel works well for sugar feeding ants. Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel is an excellent bait when the smaller ants are feeding on sugar: Pharoah, Argentine, red imported, acrobat, pavement ants and more. The active ingredient is Fipronil. 

    Packaging: Box contains 4 (.95 oz) tubes.
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  10. Invict Xpress Granular Bait - 8 oz, 4 lbs and 25 lbs

    Starting at: $16.58

    Invict Xpress, with Imidacloprid kills a broad spectrum of insects at top speed. The listed pests it kills include ants, roaches, crickets, mole crickets, silverfish, firebrats and earwigs.

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