Why We Use Ant Baits
By Chris Williams on April 7, 2011.
Q. Do ant baits really work? Why don’t you just spray instead and be done with it?
A. Sometimes we do spray for certain ant problems but when we can, we like to bait for ants. Insecticide sprays will kill some of the foraging worker ants but will not affect developing ants back in the colony. Baits can eliminate the entire colony.
Also, ants are extremely sensitive to most pesticides and will avoid areas where they have been sprayed. The presence of insecticide sprays will even cause some ants to break up their colony into several small colonies, making control more difficult.
The best part about baiting for ants is that there is no odor and no insecticide in the air or on surfaces for your family to come in contact with. The ant bait is placed inside cracks and crevices or inside small tamper-resistant bait stations.
Don’t expect immediate results with baiting. It’s actually not a good thing to kill the ants right away. Baits are slow-acting for a reason. We want the ants to feed on the insecticide bait, carry it back to the colony, and share it with other ants.
You can help insure the success of our ant baiting program by doing the following:
• Don’t squash any of the foraging ants or block their path to the bait. You want them to find the bait and carry the bait back to the colony.
• Don’t use any ant sprays or other pesticides which might repel the ants around the baited area.
• Clean up and remove any other foods that the ants are feeding on so that they find and feed on the bait instead.
• Don’t use any strong cleaning products around the baited area. The smells interfere with the ants’ pheromone trails that they use to find the bait.
• Don’t move the bait placements. Our technician knows the best locations to place the bait based on the feeding habits of the ants