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How to get rid of ants (7 easy solutions)

Even when they aren’t crawling up your leg, you think they are. That’s what happens when a colony of ants invades your home. While the average ant can carry up to ten or twenty times their body weight, they sure don’t seem to “carry their weight” when they’re squatting on your property.

Ants can be tough to get rid of, they’re one of the most persistent pests. Take scorpions on the contrary: they’ll most likely stay out of your way after a few simple pest control methods. Ants on the other hand sometimes require 3-4 treatments before they’re finally gone for good.

If you are here to learn how to get rid of ants, you are in the right place.

The Problem:

Let’s start by identifying the species of ant that’s invading your space. It is important to identify your little pests as specific as you can because different ants react differently to different treatments. Just as you wouldn’t use wasp spray to kill spiders, you wouldn’t use a flying ant trap to get rid of carpenter ants. Here are the most commonly exterminated types of ants:

Carpenter Ant (Campanotus species)

Important facts:

  • usually are solid shiny black in color, sometimes brown or a combination of black and orange
  • like to make nests in hollow doors, ceilings, walls, and boxes
  • they don’t sting, but pack a painful bite
  • usually nocturnal and feed at night

Leaf-Cutting Ant (Atta texanus)

Important facts:

  • they make their nests in soil, usually identified by a cluster of crater-like mounds
  • very long legs
  • travel in freeway systems to-and-from their nest and a tree or bush where they harvest food
  • can be seen carrying rather large chunks of dried or green leaves with them
  • common backyard invaders, rarely do they enter buildings

Acrobat Ant (Crematogaster species)

Important facts:

  • commonly mistaken for carpenter ants
  • mostly active during the day
  • they have two distinctive sharp spikes on their thorax
  • as a defense mechanism, they balance themselves and stick their spines straight up in the air, as an acrobat would balance on his hands

Odorous House Ant (Tapinoma sessile)

Important facts:

  • make their nests both indoors and outdoors, usually in dark spaces under large objects
  • emit a licorice smelling odor when squished
  • attracted to sugary substances and sweets

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Crazy Ant (Paratrechina and Nylanderia species)

Important facts:

  • get their name from their distinctive fast and random running behavior
  • very hairy compared to other ant species
  • they have long legs and long antennas
  • enjoy warm and humid environments

Pharaoh Ant (Monomorium pharaonis)

Important facts:

  • like to build nests and live indoors
  • orange/yellowish color with a brown tip at the end of their gaster
  • prefer food with high sugar and protein content
  • usually require specific pharaoh ant treatment as they can be immune to most ant control methods

Rover Ant (Brachymyrmex patagonicus)

Important facts:

  • similar to pharaoh ant but more stocky and darker in color
  • they usually live outdoors and do not sting
  • like to frequent perimeters of buildings, structures in search of sweet foods
  • usually build nests in the dirt

Red Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta)

Important facts:

  • aggressive when nest is disturbed
  • painful sting
  • build mounds with no visible entrances, usually outdoors
  • like to invade buildings mid- to late summer in search of water and food

The Solution:

Once you’ve identified the type of ant that you have a problem with, you can choose the best method to get rid of them. Here are seven of the most effective ant control products and techniques:

1. DuPont Ant Gel Bait

  • our #1 recommended product for general ant control
  • very effective for most ant species including sweet feeders
  • ants eat the potent bait and return to their colony before dying
  • remaining ants are killed by eating the dead, poisoned ants

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2. Ortho MAX Fire Ant Killer

  • the ultimate solution for Fire Ants
  • targets the queen ant of the colony for faster extermination
  • effective in an area for over 6 months
  • potent formula only legal in 17 states (AL, AR, AZ, CA, FL, GA, KY, LA, MO, MS, NC, NM, NV, SC, TN, TX, VA)

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3. TERRO PreFilled Liquid Ant Killer

 

  • liquid poison in leak-free and portable bait stations
  • kills ALL types of invasive ant species
  • long lasting, innovative stations prevent bait from drying out
  • contains potent ingredient BORAX

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4. ALPINE Ant and Termite Foam

  • intense formula foam poison illegal in six US states (CA, AK, CT, HI, NY)
  • great for hard to reach spots like cracks, window frames, tight crevices
  • “prescription treatment” like you’re getting a behind-the-counter product
  • effective for wiping out large colonies an infestations
  • commonly used for commercial ant pest control

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5. Boiling Water

  • That’s right, good old fashioned H2O can be very effective
  • Works great for outdoor ant control once the colony is located
  • Poor the boiling water directly on a colony or large group for instant extermination
  • Safe for the environment, no chemicals involved

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6. TERRO Outdoor Liquid Ant Killer Bait Stakes

  • best solution for large property ant control
  • weatherproof outdoor stakes are safe for pets
  • kills the ants BEFORE they get into your home
  • easily monitor ant bait level so you know when to replace
  • tiered bait levels minimize waste and keeps bait fresher longer

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7. ENFORCER AntMax Bait Stations

  • traps are pet and child resisitant
  • effective on all types of ants
  • contains potent ingredient Abamectin
  • rugged design for durability
  • targets the queen in a colony for fast and effective results

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Sources:

http://citybugs.tamu.edu/factsheets/household/ants-house/ent-2013/