How to Get Rid Of Ants Inside

If you ants inside your home, follow these ant control tips to eliminate them

Indoor ant colonization occurs year-round, especially in warmer climates. Ants 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 come inside looking for food or water.

The top methods of getting rid of ants inside are using high-quality, professional ant baits or insecticides classified as non-repellents. If you choose ant baits, you will need the extra step of locating the ant activity and trails. Many times, using non-repellent insecticides are easier method for ant control inside.

( 2 ) Top Methods To Get Rid of Ants Inside

1. Ant Baits:

Ant Baits are a very successful method of controlling ants. They are safe to use around pets and children when you follow directions. Ant baits come in gels, granules, or stations. The active ingredients in these baits may be sugar-based or protein/grease-based, to lure a variety of ant species and target their dietary needs.

(Ant Bait Placements)

An effective ant control method is the use of high quality professional ant baits. Ants feed on the bait and take pieces back to the queen, killing the whole colony. With proper bait choices and bait placement, the whole ant nest may be eliminated. Ant baits come in gels, granules, or stations. The active ingredients in these baits may be sugar-based or protein/grease-based, to lure a variety of ant species and target their dietary needs. You can combine Spectre PS Aerosol or another non-repellent insecticide such as Navigator SC with your baiting program.

(Follow these Ant Bait Tips)

  • 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 (a non-repellent insecticide is fine).
  • It is recommended to apply both a sweet-based bait and a greasy/protein-based bait combination in order to make sure the bait covers the entire range of dietary needs.

2. Non-Repellent Insecticides:

Another method of ant control inside, is the use of non-repellent insecticides. Non-repellent insecticides allow ants to cross over the sprayed area (instead of avoiding it) like repellent insecticides. Typical repellent insecticides may scatter the population, whereas a non-repellent insecticide works without the ants detecting its presence.
  • Navigator SC Concentrate is a non-repellent insecticide, but can not be applied inside, just outside perimeter.
  • Phantom Aerosol II is an aerosol with a crack and crevice tip to reach hard-to-reach areas that may be used inside.
  • Many people are successful with just the exterior perimeter treatment with Navigator SC alone, catching the ants as they come and go, without the use of any pest control products inside.
  • The Non Repellent Ant Kit, includes both Navigator SC and Phantom Aerosol II at reduced savings.

(Ant Bait Placements)

An effective ant control method is the use of high quality professional Ant Baits . Ants feed on the bait and take pieces back to the queen, killing the whole colony. With proper bait choices and bait placement, the whole ant nest may be eliminated. Ant baits come in gels, granules, or stations. The active ingredients in these baits may be sugar-based or protein/grease-based, to lure a variety of ant species and target their dietary needs. You can combine Spectre PS Aerosol or another non-repellent insecticide with your baiting program.

Follow these Ant Bait Tips:

  • 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 (a non-repellent insecticide is fine).
  • It is recommended to apply both a sweet-based bait and a greasy/protein-based bait combination in order to make sure the bait covers the entire range of dietary needs.

Key Takeaway

Always use baits or non-repellent insecticides to control ants indoors. This will avoid scattering the ants, creating a worse problem. You may be able to stop your ants from coming inside by just spraying the perimeter outside using Navigator SC

Popular Ant Combination Kits for Inside Ant Control

1. Non-Repellent Ant Kit (For both inside and outside)

This kit is a perfect non-repellent ant kit. It contains Navigator SC for the perimeter treatment and Spectre PS Aerosol for cracks and crevices, inside.

2. Spray a Non-Repellent Insecticide

Use non-repellent insecticides such as Spectre PS Aerosol sprayed inside would be a better choice than repellent insecticides.

3. Dust The Ant Nest Directly

Spraying a residual repellent insecticide to control foraging workers may only provide short-term control only (unless you find and treat the nest and treat it with dust directly). For treating the ant nest directly, use high-quality residual dust, such as D-Fense Dust. This ant control method would be the least effective because you may not find the nest.

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Written by our resident pest control expert Ken Martin.