How to Control Ants Inside Your Home
Some ants don't just enter to forage for food but establish a colony inside your home. These events occur year-round, especially in warmer climates. Ant species that live in homes include Argentine Ants, Crazy Ants, Odorous House Ants, Pavement Ants, Pharaoh Ants, Thief Ants, and Carpenter Ants. All of these ants may infest food products.
Spraying a residual repellent insecticide to control foraging workers may only provide short-term control, unless you find and treat the nest. If the nest is behind a wall, it may be necessary to drill small holes and use a specially-designed duster to apply a product such as D-Fense SC dust.
Non-repellent insecticides such as Phantom Aerosol sprayed inside would be a better choice than repellent insecticides. Repellent insecticides may just scatter the population, whereas a non-repellent insecticide works without the Ants detecting its presence.
- Bait in areas of Ant activity or trails so the Ants can find the bait and take it back to the colony.
- Do not use a residual repellent insecticide near bait placements.
- Generally speaking, use both sweet-based bait and a greasy/protein-based bait combination in order to make sure the bait covers the entire range of dietary needs.
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