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Least-toxic Ant Baits, No Spraying Required

By June 18, 2009

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For baits to be effective as ant control measures. ants must find the bait, eat it and take it back to the nest to the queen. Do not use insecticide sprays if you want to bait for ant control as the foraging ants will be killed before they have a chance to return to the nest. Simply put, the ant colony can be eliminated in a few weeks if the bait is spread throughout it and no toxic sprays will be needed!

In addition, some ant species will ignore baits so as is always the case in pest control, fitting the control measures to the pest is vital. In general, ants that eat a varied diet will be less affected by baits because the bait will comprise a smaller proportion of their food.

Sugar-loving ants, such as house ants, Argentine and honey ants are the easiest to control by using baits. Lay a trap for sweet-feeding ants by applying a ribbon of mint or apple jelly to masking tape (easy to apply, easy to remove later), in the areas where you have seen ants, especially around water sources and window ledges. A plastic squeeze bottle with a pointed tip makes a convenient applicator. Check the "masked areas" in two to three hours for ants. If more than 10 are present. apply an ant bait to the jelly that has Boric Acid or Hyramethylnon as its Active Ingredient. These are slow-acting stomach poisons that the foraging ants will take back to the nest, nourishment that will eventually find its way to the Queen, killing her. No Queen, No Colony!

Are Big-headed ants, little black ants and pavement ants beating Fido to grease, milk or butter spatters on the kitchen floor, stove and counters? Or swarming over any fruit juices that ooze from overripe fruit in the fruit bowl? Predictably, these Protein and Grease-loving ants respond best to protein and grease baits.

Easy-to-make Bait for Protein and Grease-Loving Ants:

Mix together 2 ounces or 4 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter with
3 ounces or 6 Tablespoons of Honey and add
3/4 teaspoon of Boric Acid

ENSURE THAT CHILDREN AND PETS DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE BAIT BY PLACING AN ANT CAFE OVER IT, IF NEEDED.

As Carpenter Ants eat a variety of foods, they can be as much of a challenge to bait as they are to eliminate by any method. A wide range of least-toxic pest control tools have been shown effective against carpenter ants from boric acid-based granular baits and rods to borate treated lumber and baits laced with bacteria that inhibit nerve to muscle communication, causing paralysis of the ant and eventual death. Make sure that regardless of the method employed to control carpenter ant colonies, that bait is available in their prime feeding times of late afternoon and the early evening hours.

MORE READING:

Identification and Least-toxic Control of Carpenter Ants

Least-toxic Control of Ants Video

Winged Ants or Termites? How to tell the difference.

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