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Argentine Ant Control

Unless you use a non-repellent spray, baiting is the preferred treatment over typical residual spraying. Baiting is the most reliable way to eliminate the entire colony. When choosing Ant baits, it is best to choose from both the sugar-based baits and protein/grease-based baits. If using a spray, choose a non-repellent type unless you are treating the nest itself.

Argentine Ant Control Using Ant Bait

The use of residual sprays or dusts stress Ant colonies, causing them to split into sub-colonies and scatter. This scattering, also called budding, multiplies the number of Ant colonies, and thereby multiplies your Ant problem.

When you bait, use a slow-acting bait. Quick-kill insecticides and baits will only kill the foraging Ants, not allowing those worker Ants to take the bait back home to feed the queen, nest workers, and brood.

If the Ant bait that you are currently using is not effective (if the Ants are not visiting the bait) you will need to change the baits. Slow-acting baits provide a variety of the foods the Ants find in nature. Examples are: other insects (proteins/grease-based baits), nectar, aphid honeydew, and plant products (sugar and carbohydrates found in sweet-based baits).

Choosing a bait requires an understanding of the nutritional needs of the colony. To be sure that you have all the baiting needs met, you may want to be ready with a sugar/carbohydrate-based bait, a grease/fat-based bait, and a protein-based bait.


An excellent article by the University of Florida Extension Service can be found at  Ant Trails:Baiting. It gives an overview of management with baits.

Recommended Argentine Ant Baits
(Sweet and Protein/Grease Feeding Cycles)

When in doubt of which one to choose, choose one from each category. Top recommendation from the protein/grease category is Invict Blitz .

To recommendation from the sweet feeding category is Optigard or Intice Gelanimo.

Protein /Grease feeding cycles

invict blitz

Invict Blitz Granules

Advance375 A Ant Bait


Sweet Feeding Cycles


Optigard Ant Bait Gel.




gelanimo intice ant bait
Intice Gelanimo Ant Bait

Non-Repellents For Outside and Inside Argentine Ant Control

Spraying for Argentine Ants with Non-Repellents

The best insecticides for Argentine Ant control are non-repellent insecticides such as Taurus SC.

You would spray on the outside with Taurus around the perimeter. Usually spraying the perimeter is enough treatment for Argentine Ants, as they will go outside. If you need any insecticide inside, use Phantom Aerosol in cracks and crevices.


Non-Repelent insecticides are best for ants and termites, because these insects can not detect it and will not try to escape the insecticide. Non-repellent insecticides can't be smelled, tasted, or even felt by Argentine Ants.

Another advantage for using a non repellent insecticide such as Taurus or Phantom for Argentine Ant Control, is that you can use a good mega ant colony bait , like Invict Blitz with it. Repellent insecticides do not combine well with insect baits, because they contaminate the lures inside the baits; that is not the case with non-repellents.