Ant Baiting Tips
Baits are particularly effective on social insects such as ants and termites because these pests collect food and share it with their colony.
Because of this food-sharing ability, slow-acting insecticide baits are best for controlling ants; the ants carrying these baits do not die before they return to the colony. Some of these slower-acting ant baits offer a more permanent pest solution to get rid of ants than a typical broadcast of a repellent insecticide. The use of repellent insecticides is an inadequate method of repelling ants from a structure. Non-repellent insecticides, however, offer a solution to ant control. Also, non-repellent sprays are non-detectable by the foraging ants and will not interfere with the success of any bait program.
Most ants feed on a wide variety of foods. They vary their dietary needs according to the needs of the colony and what food is available. The ants forage for the available food. Egg production and larval growth occur in the spring and early summer. At these times, many ant colonies will require a protein-based bait, such as Advance 375A or Maxforce Complete. In the natural, ants will eat insects during this time. Their dietary needs may shift during the summer and late summer to carbohydrates, such as Advion Ant Bait Gel or Optigard Ant Gel for the newly emerged adults. Ants share food by feeding each other, also known as trophallaxis.
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How To Apply Ant Bait Effectively
- Find the trails. The most effective bait placement is along the trails the Ants use while they're foraging for food.
- If you are not sure if multiple trails belong to the same colony, bait every trail that you find.
- Re-bait after the Ants have consumed the bait. Check on it daily. When the Ants are gone you can stop baiting in that location.
- If none of the bait has been taken, switch to a different type of bait. Consider the sweet-based baits if you are baiting with a protein/grease-based bait and vice versa.
- Have patience; it does take some time for the whole colony to die.
- Make sure to bait all trails (both inside and outside) to completely eliminate every Ant colony.
- Use bait stations such as Bait Station Plates to preserve and protect baits.
- Do not use repellent insecticides on or near baits. Non-repellent insecticides are fine.
- Do not bait on top of a mound. Bait around the base of the mound. If you bait on top, some of the foraging ants will not find it to bring it back to the queen.
- Remove all competitive food sources. Baits are less effective in areas with abundant rival food sources such as: dumpsters, chicken houses, pet's feeding dishes, trash cans, etc. Another type of bait competition comes from aphids and scale insects producing honeydew on nearby vegetation. If you do notice a mold-like substance on your perimeter plants, treat those plants with an appropriate product (like Liquid Seven) to kill the aphids.
- Use fresh bait. Once the container is opened it needs to be used within 6 months to 1 year. After that it becomes stale and unacceptable to the ants.
- Do not use repellent insecticidal sprays or dusts near the baits during baiting treatment. Contact or residual insecticide applied some time prior to or during the baiting treatments creates a hostile environment, suppressing foraging activity.
- Baits are most effective when temperatures are above 70°F. If daytime temperatures are in the 90s a nighttime application may be more effective. Place a small amount of bait or other food (try potato chips) close to a mound. If ants are present, they will emerge to forage for this food within 30 minutes if conditions are favorable.
- Do not use baits on wet surfaces such as grass with dew. This will make the bait less desirable to the ants.
- Broadcasting baits is normally more effective than mound treatments in reducing Fire ant populations. Broadcasting is more economical and less labor intensive than individual mound treatments in areas with more than 40 mounds per acre.
- Be very thorough when baiting. If at all possible, locate every possible entry point. If the infestation is indoors, don't forget to bait outside as well.
- It is very important to remove any other food competition when applying ant baits.
- Leave the bait alone once the ants start feeding it (do not disturb ant activity).
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Poplular Ant Bait Combination Kits
(Combinations of Ant Baits To Enhance Acceptability)
Complete Ant Bait Kit contains both a protein/grease bait and a sweet/carbohydrate based bait.
It is effective on Argentine, Odourous House, Ghost, Pavement, and little black ants.(Excludes Carpenter Ants and Pharoah Ants)
Advion Ant Bait Kit is a bait combination of Advion Ant Bait Arena (protein cycle) and Advion Ant Bait Gel (sugar cycle).
This kit is excellent for Pharoah Ants and a broad spectrum of ants, but excludes Carpenter Ants.
Carpenter Ant Bait Kits combine both Advance 375A and Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait Gel for the most effective control of carpenter ants.
These kits are the best choices for Carpenter Ants. They also works for Argentine, acrobat, big-headed, cornfield, field, honey, odorous house, pavement, pharaoh and thief ants.
These kits come in a small size and large size, as well as DIY Complete Carpenter Ant Bait Kit (an excellent non-repellent insecticide to spray the perimeter outside.)
Texas 2 Step Fire Ant Kit is a two step process for an immediate knockdown of Fire Ants, then a second step for long term control.
This kit is made for Fire Ants, it also comes in the larger, Texas Size Texas 2 Step Fire Ant Kit.