( Small Sized Ants Inside and Outside)
Click on the ants to the left for more information on identification, pictures, habits, and recommended products and procedures.
You will find descriptions and recommendations for control of the more common household ants such as the the: Argentiine Ants Carpenter Ants, Red Fire Ants, Ghost Ants, Odorous House ants and Leaf Cutter Ants.
You will also find links to other entomology sites concerned with ants and a handy link to determine the difference between the termite or the ant.
A good ant bait program is the recommended
way for ant control or to eliminate most ants unless you use a nonrepellent
insecticide such as Taurus SC or Phantom.
We have a section on ant baiting tips to help you with the recommended baits.
Ant baits recommended for the larger ants:
Advance 375 A and Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel are excellent baits for the larger carpenter ants, when used together they feed both the sugar and protein feeding cycles of these ants. The Advance 375 A feeds the protein needs while the Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel feeds the sugar requirements of the colony.
Ant baits recommended for the smaller ants:
For the protein and greese feeding needs:
For the sugar feeding needs:
Unless you can treat the nest directly, spraying is not an effective solution for small ants, unless you use a nonrepellent insecticides or "undetectable" liquid treatments such as Termidor or Phantom. Unlike older insecticides, nonrepellent insecticides can't be smelled, tasted, or even felt by pests. So they crawl through the treated area, not knowing that by ingesting treated materials or merely contacting the insecticide, they'll die.
Taurus SC offers the most effective, low-dose control of outdoor ant control available, with proven control of a number of nuisance ant species, even with outdoor perimeter applications at the low rate of 0.06% active ingredient. Termidor is labeled for carpenter ant control, argentine ants, big-headed ants, odorous house ants, and pavement ants
Ants foraging on Termidor-treated surfaces, ingesting Termidor through normal feeding activity, or that are sprayed directly with the product will die, but not before spreading Termidor through contact throughout the ant population via the product's unique "Transfer EffectT." Termidor is easily picked up by ants, and has a quick speed of kill - 1 to 3 days - but is slow-acting enough to ensure transfer throughout the population.
Termidor is only to be used outside and will yield 12-24 gallons
Phantom is long-lasting, and effective at controlling entire ant and roach populations at low doses. Phantom provides superior roach and ant control by striking ants inside your home where they cause the most trouble. But if you have an ant problem, the ants in your house probably have their nests outside-they travel back and forth
More Information: Phantom Termite/Insecticide
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There are about 10,000 kinds, or "species," of ants. Within each species there are usually many different types. Ants are social insects that live in colonies and are some of the most successful insects.
Ant colonies include one or more queens, as well as workers, eggs, larvae, and pupae.
The worker ants maintain their developed structures known as nests. Nests protect the ants against their enemies, offer some protection against extremes of weather, and often are placed close to
water and food sources.Some ant species nest in the ground, oftentimes under concrete or slabs.
Some species are found in wood, such as fence posts, dead logs, hollow trees, or within buildings.Termites are also found in wood, but their damage will be a lot more extensive Ants cannot eat wood as do termites because they can't digest cellulose.