TERRO® Ant Killer, TERRO® original ant killer, attracts and kills all common household ants. The liquid ant killer is specifically designed – using the active ingredient Borax- to kill the worker ant in two to three days, giving the foraging ants enough time to share the bait with the rest of the unsuspecting colony.
To use, simply apply the product directly from the bottle onto the provided cardboard squares and place near indoor areas where ants are spotted.
How Does It Work?
TERRO® Ant Killer is a bait product, so at first ants will come in large numbers, but they will soon disappear. The product is specifically formulated to allow worker ants to consume the product and survive long enough to carry the liquid ant killer back to the nest and deliver a dose to the rest of the colony.
Leave the product undisturbed while the ants are actively feeding on it. Be sure to eliminate all other food sources in the area. This will ensure that the ants aren’t tempted to eat anything but the deadly liquid ant killer.
This is the only way to get rid of both the ants you see and the thousands you don’t! While the active ingredient in the bait will ultimately kill the worker ant, it interferes with the ant's digestive system and works just slowly enough that the worker has time to get back and share the ant bait with the rest of the colony. This slow kill is needed to allow time for the foraging ants to make several trips to the bait and deliver enough bait to the rest of the colony.
Directions for Use
Tear the PLACE TERRO® HERE cardboard squares from the ant killer packaging along the perforated lines and simply apply the liquid ant killer directly from the bottle onto the square. Small pieces of paper, cardboard, or foil also may be substituted.
Place the product where ants are seen, such as the edges of sinks, tubs, window sills, under food cabinets, along floors and baseboards and in corners. Do not skimp on bait placements; the more bait placements, the better.
The key to effectively eliminating the ant infestation is to monitor the placements and ensure there is always a fresh supply of TERRO® Ant Killer for the ants to feast on. Depending on the size of the ant invasion, complete control may take up to two weeks.
Resist the temptation to interfere when the ants come in droves — your patience will pay off as you watch your ant infestation dwindle then disappear.
Since invading ants usually have outdoor nesting sites, it often helps to put the product outside, close to where ants are found entering the structure. Ants typically follow defined trails from the nest to food or water so placing the ant killer close to these trails will improve control.
View video for tips on how to easily and effectively kill common household ants with TERRO® Liquid Ant Baits:
- Attracts and kills all common household ants
- Convenient and easy-to-use
- Place baits near ant trails or where ants are numerous
- Use enough ant killer to ensure sufficient supply for the ants
What’s in the Box
- 1 oz. bottle of ant killer
- Nine cardboard squares for product placement
- 0.36 fl. oz. each
- Contains sodium tetraborate decahydrate (Borax) (5.40%) and other ingredients (94.60%)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Review posted on www.terro.com
July 23, 2014
Amazon Review By Jason P. Taylor
I've tried this product a few times and it does draw the ants in, they'll circle the drops all the way around, it just doesn't seem to take out the colony like other products. Could be good for small treatment areas.
Review posted on www.terro.com
July 16, 2014
Am I attracting more? By Stacey (Atkinson,NH)
After having tons of little black ants around my kitchen, I placed the liquid terro in the paths. Almost immediately, the ants were attracted to the bait and I saw a few to no ants in 24 hours. I left the bait just in case and a day later, there's more ants feeding on the bait after none the day before. By leaving the bait out, am I attracting more ants? Not sure what's going on but I need them all gone! Help!
Response from TERRO®:
Our TERRO® Liquid Ant Bait is designed to be an attractive food source to ants. The ants that consume the bait are killed within approximately 24-48 hours, leaving them time to carry bait back to the colony and share it with the other ants, eliminating the ants at their source. When the number of ants diminishes, it is recommended to remove the baits to prevent attracting scout ants from another colony, starting the process again from the beginning.
We hope this information is helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 800-800-1819 with any additional questions. We are available six days a week to answer your questions.
Consumer Relations Representative
- All About
There are more than 10,000 known species of ants living throughout the world. Like other insects, they have six legs; each with three joints. Ants have large heads with compound eyes, elbowed antennae, and powerful jaws. Ants are social insects that live in structured nest communities throughout the world. The species of ant determines whether they live underground, in mounds built at ground level, in wood structures or in plants or trees.
Why are ants always invading my kitchen, bathroom and laundry areas?
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.
What’s the difference between liquid and gel ant baits?
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.
I just placed TERRO Ant Killer in my kitchen and it’s attracting more ants, not killing them! What’s going on?
You have nothing to worry about! Initially, you will see more ants. As ant foragers look for food, they are attracted to the sweet liquid in the bait which they consume and carry back to feed to the rest of the colony. On the way back to the nest, the ants drop what it called a ‘trail pheromone’, letting the other ants know where the tasty food supply is. In turn, these ants follow the trail to the bait which explains why you initially see more ants.
The active ingredient in the bait interferes with the ants' digestive systems, eventually killing the ants within 24-48 hours after consumption. This slow kill gives the worker ants enough to get back and share the bait with the colony. Baiting is the only way to successfully wipe out the ants you see and the thousands you don’t.