Questions about TERRO® Outdoor Liquid Ant Bait Stakes

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Q.Can ant stakes be placed directly in the ant hill if not where should they be placed?
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You can certainly place the ant stakes right next to or near the ant hill. Just be sure not to diturb the entrance of the hill so the ants can still get in and out.

Q.I have been placing 2 baits near the corner of my garage. Solution seems to be gone in 2 to 3 days. Area is shaded. Could ants be consuming it that quickly or is it likely to be evaporating. Temperatures here reach 80’s.
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Your ants sound like they're starving! It can take between 4 days to 2 weeks to wipe out a colony depending on its size, but if you see that the bait is getting eaten sooner than that, it's alright. The bait within the stakes should not evaporate at that temperature. 

Q.What harm can come to household pets in contact or eating this product?
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The ingredients of this product are water, sugar and borax. Borax is a naturally occurring mineral found in many common household items such as hand soaps and detergents.  We recommend sharing these ingredients and any safety concerns with your vet.

Q.My son is a beekeeper. We have presently 70 hives on the farm. I am wondering if Your product is safe for bees and the honey. Thank you, M. Plante
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The active ingredient, borax is not selective and may harm other insects like bees, butterflies and ladybugs. We recommend placing this product in areas that will not be readily accessible to the bees. 

Q. How much of the territory does one day. The box comes with eight, and I’m not sure how far apart to place them in one another
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The Outdoor Liquid Ant Stakes can be placed every 10-15 feet, or right by ant activity. 

Q.Can I use this next to a koi pond?
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Yes.

Q.Will Terro Outdoor Liquid Ant Bait Stakes also kill carpenter ants?
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While this product is very effective for household ants, it is not recommended for carpenter ants. A better solution would be a granule bait or a contact killer such as the TERRO® Perimeter Ant Bait Plus or the TERRO® Ant Killer Spray.

Q.I put these at the edges of my garden beds. Hopefully as part of a perimeter defense. I have garden beds on 3 sides of my house. Should I remove them every time I water? Let's say that I have never done that before and I've been using them about a week. In an outdoor garden bed, is there enough borax in these little stakes to affect my plants. (I will start removing them from now on, I didn't know that they leaked out during heavy rains until I read your Q&A. Awesome website by the way. Very helpful.
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We apologize as we do not have information on how this product will affect plants. It is not recommended for use in areas that are constantly watered as the water could dilute the solution inside the container.

Q.Is sodium tetraborate decahydrate harmful to humans? I have placed Terro plant stakes in my window boxes. We have some tomato plants planted in the ground about 5 feet away. Thanks, Andy Klapp
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As long as the bait does not touch the tomatoes directly, it can be used in close proximity to the tomato plants.

Q.Is this safe to use by fruit trees?
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Because the bait is contained inside the trap, this product can be used wherever ant activity has been noticed.


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