How To Kill Ants, Part 2

Step 2: Choose the Right Type of Product to Kill Ants

In our last blog we talked about the first step in how to kill ants: identifying the type of ant that you’re dealing with. Today we’ll talk about the second step to kill ants, which is choosing the right type of product to kill whichever type of any you have.

There are, broadly, five different categories of products to kill ants:

  • Aerosols Aerosol formulas are in a great ready-to-use formulation to kill ants. There is no mess and no equipment necessary. Plus, aerosols are the easiest ant control products to in hard-to-reach areas.
  • Dusts – Pest control dust formulations are great for controlling carpenter ants, sugar ants, house ants, and any other species that are located inside cracks and crevices.
  • Granules – Granules formulation is a great broadcast granule for the yard to control ant populations, including fire ants.
  • Bait – Baiting is the preferred method for controlling an odorous house ant infestation. Place baits in forages trails to insure that the ants ingest it and return it back to the colony. Do not use a liquid insecticide when using bait.
  • ConcentratedConcentrated formulas of ant control products are available in both liquid and powder formulations to kill ants. These products are designed to be mixed with water and sprayed inside and outside your home.

The product that will work best to kill ants in your home and/or yard depends on the type of ant you’re dealing with:

How to kill carpenter ants: Carpenter ants are highly attracted to ant bait; so use bait rather than a broadcast application (that’s one you spread around). Place your ant bait in small piles where you’ve identified carpenter ant trails. For colonies in wall voids, inject an insecticide dust, or inject voids with Premise Foam. Because carpenter ants are an excellent indicator of moisture problems and/or rotting wood, make sure to address that root cause of the infestation.

How to kill fire ants: Using the correct ant control granules to kill ants can help you control fire ants in your yard. Granules should be spread on top of and around the fire ant mound and across your entire property. The active ingredient of ant granules is activated after water is poured on it.

How to kill pharaoh ants: If the pharaoh ant colony is located in wall void cracks and crevices, it should be treated with a non-repellent boric acid product as well as bait treatment. Repellent insecticides should be avoided as they are shown to cause colonies to spread and grow larger.

How to kill black ants and thief ants: Locate the nest or nests by following trails and treat each nest directly with residual insecticide. Dust voids of outside ground-floor walls and infested interior walls with insecticide dust or inject voids with Premise Foam. Then apply a perimeter treatment with Premise, Tempo, Suspend or DeltaGard G or kill ants by baiting with Maxforce FC Ant Killer Bait Gel.

How to kill odorous house ants: Dust voids of outside ground-floor walls and infested interior walls with insecticide dust or inject voids with Premise Foam. Get the foam into wall voids via cracks and crevices, electrical outlets, and pipe chases. A perimeter treatment with Premise, Tempo, Suspend or DeltaGard G will keep odorous house ants from entering buildings. Spot treat entry point (e.g., window and door frames and utility entries).

Bait also works well on odorous house ants; apply bait along trails, close to water sources, and around entry points. Odorous house ants’ feeding preferences may change quickly, without warning, so be prepared to use multiple bait formulations. Bait in sufficient amounts to ensure adequate exposure of the active ingredient to the extended colony. If odorous house ants are feeding on protein foods, apply Maxforce Granular Insect Bait as a broadcast application in the yard to kill ants.

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Monica Bird (949 Posts)

Monica’s compassion for her customer's struggles with pest control issues and passion for pest control stems from over 10 years in the industry. With a master’s degree in entomology, she uses her knowledge and experience in chemistry, insects and pests to educate her customers.