bait is effective against social insects such as ants because
ants generally collect and share food with the entire ant colony.
Because of this food-sharing habit, ant bait is effective for killing ants completely. Furthermore,
the hallucination effect will cause the ants to kill each other
even if the ant bait poison does not kill them!
bait offers a more permanent ant control solution than broadcast
applications of spraying pesticides, which basically only repels
best results, follow the recommendations as below when using
competing food sources. Baits are less effective in areas
with abundant food sources that serve as a rival food source
- dumpsters, chicken houses, pet's feeding dishes, trash cans,
- Another type of bait competition comes from aphids and scale
insects producing honey dew outside.
fresh ant bait, once the container is opened it needs to be
used within 6 months to 1 year. It not, it becomes stale and
unacceptable to the ants, not having a good acceptance.
of insecticides sprays or dusts before or during ant bait
treatment is forbidden. Contact or a residual insecticides
applied prior to treatment or during the ant bait treatments,
sets a hostile environment, suppressing foraging activity
from the foraging ants.
Baits are most effective when temperatures are above 70F. If
daytime temperatures are in the 90's a night-time application
may be more effective. Placing a small amount of ant bait close
to a mound will determine if ants are there, ready to forage
for food within 30 minutes if conditions are favorable.
not use ant baits on wet surfaces such as grass with dew or
uncovered outdoor areas. This will make the ant bait less desirable
to the ants --- remember the ants perceive the baits as a potential
ant baits is normally more effective in reducing fire ant populations
than mound treatments. Broadcasting is more economical and less
labor intensive than individual mound treatments in areas with
more than 40 mounds per acre.
very thorough when using ant baits. Try to locate possible entry
points, looking for their trails, placing ant bait in those
areas. Don't forget about baiting the outside as well.