After a tiring day at the office, you just want to relax at the comfort of your home. Unfortunately, most of us have these tiny uninvited guests that can damage our beloved home and backyard, and we all know that they can bite really hard too!
So what can we do to kill these ants? There are some do-it-yourself methods but they are time-consuming and most of us don’t have time to do everything by ourselves. A pretty common and a very effective method is to purchase ant baits like the TERRO T300B Liquid Ant Baits. They are also readily available and easy to setup.
5 Best Ant Killers of 2017
#1 Terro T300B Liquid Ant Baits
The Terro liquid ant baits are probably the most popular in the market today. Its active ingredient is borax, a highly toxic mineral for ants which makes it a exceptionally effective ant killer! While borax is dangerous for ants, it is very safe for humans. So you do not have to worry having it inside your house with your babies, children or even pets.
It is inexpensive and extremely effective against the most common household ants. The ant traps are in slim and thin plastic containers so you can easily slip them underneath the bed, in between appliances and on other parts of your house. Which also makes them out of the way so your children or pets can’t get into them.
You should place the bait where you see the ants and just leave it there. The bait will attract them and will kill them slowly. From my experience using this, 2-3 days and the ants are gone.
#2 Advion Ant Gel Insecticide with Plunger
Just like the Terro ant bait, the Advion Ant Gel is a very effective bait for killing those pesky insects. Advion gel bait is easy to apply in residential and commercial properties. It is an odorless, clear gel inside a tube. You can use the included plunger to push the gel out of the tube, just a few drops and you can expect that the ants will swarm at it.
Before getting started, it is always wise to put on your safety gloves although the label does not require them. Keep note that Advion cannot be applied to surfaces that contact food or in place that is accessible to children and pets.
Once you get started, be sure to space each spot treatment a few inches apart. This lets more ants feed on the bait matrix at one time. For highly active foraging trails you can apply lines of the gel up to 3 inches long.
Most professionals exterminators that I know are using the Advion Ant Gel so you can expect that this is really effective.
#3 Talstar Pro
The Talstar Pro is a little different than those two ant killers above. First, it is not just for ants, but you can also use this to kill roaches, termites, fleas, ticks, beetles, spiders and other pests. Also, while the Terro and Advion are ready to use baits, to use the Talstar you need to dilute it with water and put it in a hand pump sprayer or other similar pressurized sprayers.
It is easy to mix and the included label directions are easy to follow and apply. You can use this insecticide indoors and outdoors. The Talstar Pro is recommended if you’re encountering pretty bad infestations.
Another good thing about the Talstar is it is a long lasting product and you only need to apply it once every few months for general pest control. Additionally, it should not be applied more than once every seven days. Remember that!
#4 Terro 1806 Outdoor Liquid Ant Baits
As the name suggests, this ant bait is specifically designed to be used outdoors. A pack of Terro 1806 includes six large pre-filled ant baits that you can use right away and it is easy to setup. Just place it at the corner of your patio, garage, lawn or garden and it will instantly attract most household ants and kill them before they can get inside of your home.
It also inexpensive and working extremely well. As always, even though these baits are not extremely harmful to humans and pets you should keep them away from their reach.
#5 Suspend Sc Insecticide
The Suspend Sc Insecticide is a great alternative for the Talstar Pro. It is a concentrated liquid insecticide that can be applied indoors and outdoors. It can also kill most common household pests like ants, bugs, spiders and cockroaches.
You need to mix the insecticide with water in order to use it. It is a very effective product but you should avoid applying it on the flooring, furniture and frequently used areas of your house.
How To Get Rid Of Ants In The House, Kitchen, Yard or Lawn
To get rid of the most common household ants like:
- Carpenter ants
- Sugar ants
- Fire ants
- Ghost ants
- Crazy ants
- Leaf-cutting ants
- Flying ants
The most simple and time efficient method is to use ant baits or ant traps to kill them.
Don’t worry too much about finding their nest. Chances are you’ll have a hard time because it is well hidden and it is almost impossible to follow the ants especially when they are behind the walls and hard to reach areas of your home.
If the infestation is tolerable, my suggestion is to purchase ready to use baits like the Terro T300B. Place them in your bathroom, kitchen, on wall cracks and on other parts of your house where you see ants. The bait will attract and kill them 100% of the time.
On the outside of your house, your garden, lawn, garage or yard, you can use ant baits like the Terro Outdoor.
By doing this, it will save you a lot of time than preparing or mixing your own solution. But if you have a severe infestation you can seek professional pest control services. If you want to do it on your own, consider using the same product that pest control companies are using like the Talstar Pro.
How About The Ants In My Car?
First, you have to inspect your car for leftovers and juices or drinks that left inside your vehicle. Clean the car, vacuum the interior then place the bait near the location of the ants. You can either use the Terro Ant Baits or the Advion Ant Gel.
I like to use the Terro ant baits more because the gel is placed inside of what they called “bait stations” and because of them, I have peace of mind knowing that they can’t damage my car interior. Although, I’m pretty sure that they are harmless, but hey, prevention is better than cure.
How To Use The Ant Baits?
If the do-it-yourself solutions are too much of a hassle to you, then using ready made ant baits is the way to go. They are easier to setup and works extremely well. There are many ready-to-use ant baits available in the market. You just use them as it is and place them somewhere around your house. Soon, you’ll have an army of dead ants laying around.