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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. Spectre PS

    Spectre PS aerosol can be compared to Phantom Aerosol with the same formulation of 0.5% Chlorfenapyr. Both Spectre and Phantom products are classified as non-repellents. As a non-repellent insecticide, the insects cannot detect its presence, allowing the insects to cross over its chemical placements, instead of avoiding the area. Spectre PS does not stain and may be combined with any roach baiting program and is an excellent product for fabric pests.

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  3. dvion Fire Ant  Bait-Group

    Starting at: $46.47

    Tests have proven Advion Fire Ant Bait is one of the fastest baits for killing fire ants (2-3 days). Advion also eliminates the entire colony. Best time to bait Advion is when the ants are foraging for food (usually in mornings or evenings). Advion Fire Ant Bait also controls Bigheaded ants and Pavement ants.

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  4. Extinguish Plus Fire Ant Bait 1.5 lb (comes in 3 sizes)

    Starting at: $34.15

    Extinguish Fire Plus Ant Bait comes in the smaller sizes and in the larger economy size. One bag of Extinguish Plus 25 lbs treats up to 16.6 Acres.It contains both an IGR and a insecticide (slow acting stomach poison) to both stop the reproduction of the ants and kill the current worker ants.

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  5. Advion Ant Bait Arenas

    Advion Ant Bait Arena by Dupont uses the same active ingredient indoxacarb, as Advion Ant Bait Gel. Indoxacarb is a slow-acting poison which allows enough time for foraging ants to go back to their ant nests and contaminate other colony ants including larvae and queens. This would destroy the whole colony. Adhesive backs are included so that the stations can be mounted on surfaces such as the corners and sidewalls of cabinets.Use about 1-4 stations per location of ant infestations. No odor and very easy to use
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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
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    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. Intice 10 Perimeter Bait-Group Picture

    Starting at: $18.12

    Intice 10 Perimeter Bait is a broad spectrum granular bait with 10% boric acid, killing roaches, crickets, mole crickets,sowbugs, pillbugs,earwigs and more insects. The specialized bait matrix contains two oils, protein and a carbohydrate, for broad spectrum acceptance and control and may be used indoors,outdoors and on turfs. The increased amount of boric acid cuts the application rate in half and makes InTice 10 the most economical bait on the market.

     

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  10. Siesta Fire Ant Bait -2 lbs

    Starting at: $47.61

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    Siesta Insecticide Fire Ant Bait is a yellow granular bait containing 0.063% metaflumizone on a corn grit bait. Both imported and native fire ants are strongly attracted to Siesta's lure inside of its bait. The fire ants eagerly take the bait back to the mound as food, eating it, destroying the colony. Testing of Siesta has proven to be an effective fire ant treatment. It provides both fast and long-lasting control of these fire ants. It kills within 72 hours

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