Frequently Asked Ant Control Questions
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General Ant Questions
Q: Why are ants always invading my kitchen, bathroom and laundry areas?
A: Ants are attracted to food, water and shelter. Kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms provide at least two of these conditions, making it an ideal haven for ants to congregate.[back to top]
Q: What's the difference between liquid and gel ant baits?
A: It's a little known fact that adult worker ants cannot digest solid food (bait). Their anatomy is designed for transporting and digesting liquids only. Solid foods must be carried back to the colony for additional processing by the larvae stage. Liquid baits exploit this unique physiology by making it easy for ants to transport the liquid bait back to the rest of the colony, including the queen, larvae and other workers.[back to top]
Q: Why are the ants moving pieces of debris to the liquid baits?
A: Sometimes you will see ants depositing material near the bait stations. The ants could be attempting to protect or hide the bait for later use or establishing a nest closer to the bait itself. It is nothing to worry about when you see the ants doing this.[back to top]
Q: I've been successfully using TERRO® Liquid Ant Baits and now I have small piles of dead ants near the bait. Is this normal?
A: The dead ants you are seeing are called "midden piles." These are the ants that have died and been removed from the colony by the other ants. This means there are still a few ants remaining in the colony so continue to use the ant bait until there are no new piles.[back to top]
Q: What’s the difference between sweet eating and grease eating ants?
A: Sweet eating ants are easiest to control with sugar-based baits; they include big-headed ants, little black ants, pavement ants, argentine ants, and odorous house ants. Big-headed ants, little black ants and pavement ants consume grease and protein and respond to those baits as well; however all of these ants can be controlled using sugar-based baits. Carpenter ants and certain other species will be attracted to grease, but will eat sweets at certain times throughout their feeding cycle. Take a look through our BrilliANT Facts About Ants infographic to learn more or check out other common species of ants.[back to top]