It’s a fact of life. No homeowner is immune to the problem of ants. Whether they’re parading across your kitchen counter or ruining your backyard barbecue, ants are an unwelcome house guest. Now, TERRO, the leading manufacturer of ant control products for consumers, offers a simple “Bait, Wait and Eliminate” 2-step process to safely and effectively get rid of ants.
STEP #1 –Bait and Wait “The first step to successfully controlling ants is to bait the worker ants – those that you see marching around inside your house – with liquid ant bait and then wait a few days. During the wait period, the ants will carry the bait back to share with the rest of the colony and the Queen.” explains Stewart Clark, director of research and development at TERRO. “While the insecticide in the bait will ultimately kill the worker ant, it works slowly enough that the worker has time to get back and share the bait with the colony. That’s the only way to get rid of both the ants you see and the thousands you don’t.”
Liquid baits are surprisingly simple in the way they work. TERRO liquid ant baits are made from a natural ingredient, Borax, which is safe to use around humans and pets, but is deadly to ants. As the ant foragers look for food, they are attracted to the sweet liquid in the baits. Unsuspectingly, they consume the liquid and carry it back to share with the colony. The result is the elimination of the colony - and your ant problems.
STEP #2- Eliminate by Creating an Outdoor Barrier Since most ant infestations are linked to a colony that is actually located underground outside the house, the second line of defense is setting up a barrier around your house. Once a house has been baited inside for at least a week, begin applying TERRO Outdoor Ant Killer Granules around the perimeter of the house.
TERRO Outdoor Ant Killer Granules are packaged in a 3 lb. Shaker Bag™ and is designed to allow the granules to be easily distributed in a three- to five-foot band around the typical house. No spreader is needed. Concludes Clark, “Remember, there are no quick fixes for an ant problem – you have to have patience, but the results are well worth it.”
My OpinionOur house is very old and, thus, has a ton of cracks and holes for ants to get in. Just when we think we killed one ant colony, another one will pop up on the other side of the room or house. It has gone on like this all summer and I am JUST SICK OF IT!! I hate the word ants, I hate the sight of ants, I am sick of seeing ants in my house, on my cupboard, and my floor and I am tired of seeing ants crawling on my body and on my son's!
So when I saw TERRO has a 2-step plan to get rid of them, I was ready to try anything!
We first started with the traps. I like that the bait is inside the trap so that it doesn't spill out on the floor and it isn't accessible to little fingers! These ant baits definitely work temporarily and after a couple days of having these down, the ants in that specific spot do stop coming in the house. Another advantage to these bait is that they draw in the ants so I can put them where I want the ants to stay (instead of the ants spreading all over my kitchen, they go to the ant bait in the corner of the room!).
The Outdoor Ant Killer Granules were easy to apply but we honestly didn't see a big difference in the amount of ants we saw in the house. We still see an uprising about twice a week in different spots around the kitchen, dining room and bathroom and they still come in the thousands! We just can't seem to kill these suckers! Part of the reason the granules might not have worked is because my husband thinks the ant hills may be in the floorboards or under the porch where we could not reach with the granules! I am really sad it didn't work because I was hoping I had seen the last ant of my life...in my house!
I still do recommend TERRO Ant Killers for people that have a minor ant problem. I think our house is just too imbedded with ants that one treatment of the Ant Killer Granules outside just didn't work. We will have to try a second round. The inside Ant Baits do work as a temporary fix and they are safe and small in case children are around!
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