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How to Clean Up Spilled Ant Bait

How to Clean Up Spilled Ant Bait

Despite your best efforts, sometimes TERRO® Liquid Ant Bait spills out of its bait station. This liquid can be sticky and, since it’s an insecticide, you may wonder about the best way to clean it up.


Before explaining how to clean it up, it’s best to understand what’s in our liquid ant bait and how it works. TERRO® Liquid Ant Bait is made by mixing sugar, water, and borax to create a liquid that’s highly attractive to many species of sweet-eating ants. The ants that eat it return to their nest, laying a pheromone trail leading other ants to the bait. The borax in the bait eventually kills the ants that consume it. Borax, also known as sodium tetraborate decahydrate, is a boron compound that has a wide variety of uses, including as a laundry booster, household cleaner, and tooth bleach, among others.


Cleaning up spilled ant bait is easy, even if it gels or solidifies after exposure to the air. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Get a sponge or cloth wet with hot water.
  2. Place the sponge on top of the spilled ant bait.
  3. Leave the sponge in place for about an hour.
  4. After an hour, wipe the area clean.

TERRO® Liquid Ant Killer, a similar product to Ant Bait, may ooze off the cardboard squares provided in its packaging and can be cleaned in exactly the same way.



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