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Killing Ants


If you want to control ants you need to know the species of ant you are trying to control. Each ant has different habits and food preferences. Watch this video for more.

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24 May 2012, 05:46
Ants trail to an upper part of my townhome's wood siding from a large nearby tree. Most all of the ants in the trail are very small, but I've seen a few mixed in that are larger at about 3/8", and that makes me worry about having carpenter ants. I only see ants inside near my bay window and front door that simply wander around (infrequently and not trailing).

I am having my front siding redone soon and will be installing all vinyl products. I'm guessing I should begin using baits/granules now, but is there something I should apply to or do to my home before the new insulation/siding goes up? I'm thinking this is a golden opportunity for prevention of ants and any other bugs. I got a suggestion to sprinkle diatomaceous earth everywhere before the insulation is installed.

This is a great website and thank you for your advice!
10 Jan 2013, 00:16
I have rover any beds in my bedroom walls and the kitchen pantry.
Please let me know the necessary steps to get rid of them forever.
sick of ants
05 Jun 2013, 09:25
hi okay so here is the problem. most ants are easy they usually follow a specific path and there is usually a bunch in a line and you can follow them back to their source thereby knowing where to lay the d-con. but I am seeing individual ants on my kitchen counter (with nothing sweet on them as I wipe them down every night with a bleach rag. I always find one on every counter. walking around aimlessly with no real pattern so I cannot find a source do I just have to go through the painstaking process of killing them all individually or is there a better easier way to kill them all as i know there are more.
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05 Jun 2013, 10:46
Identifying the ant species is always recommended. That way, when you buy an ant control product, you can look for your specific ant species on the label. Not all ant products control every species of ant. Get the picture? Now, that said, we find great success using a product called Optigard ant bait gel. I sell it on this website. Click on "Pest Control Products" at the top of the page to find it.
karen Eismann
24 May 2014, 22:07
I have a few ghost ants in my kitchen only. I see some of the "scouts", but I don't know where their home is. I have a pest control man once a month. but it hasn't seemed to help- a few of the soldiers keep appearing, and I getting a bit frustrated. My house is ammaculate, and I steam clean my kitchen regularly. Would the Maxforce Ant Gel baits help? I live in a condo community in a 2 floor residence. Where could their nest be?
09 Jun 2015, 18:36
Which one of your products would you recommend for tiny light brown ants that give off an odor when crushed. 4hey also bite hard
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10 Jun 2015, 11:13
I really like Optigard. Here's a link: l
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