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All About Outdoor Ant Baiting
TERRO® Outdoor Ant Baits
Almost all ant infestations, both indoor and outdoor, are connected to a colony located beneath the ground outside of the home. If pesky outdoor ants are invading your yard, patio or garage, or marching straight toward your front door, then you need an ant colony killer. Stop them dead in their tracks with TERRO® Outdoor Liquid Ant Bait Stakes or TERRO® Outdoor Liquid Ant Baits.
How they work is remarkably uncomplicated. As worker ants forage for food, they are drawn to the sweet liquid bait housed in durable, weather-resistant casings that are specially designed for outdoor use. While the active ingredient in the TERRO® ant bait will ultimately kill the worker ants by interfering with their digestive system, it is designed to kill slowly. This slow kill gives the foraging ants enough time to return to their nest and deliver the deadly bait to the rest of the colony. Our slow kill product kills outdoor ants effectively. Have an outdoor ant problem? TERRO® outdoor liquid baits provide effective, long-term ant control of outdoor colonies. If you need to know how to get rid of an ant colony, we have the solution.
Killing ant colonies can mean trateing larger areas. To bait larger areas, TERRO® Perimeter Ant Bait Plus is an effective and easy-to-use outdoor baiting option. Packaged in an easy-to-use shaker canister, the weather-resistant granules are effective in baiting outdoor ants.
Expert Outdoor Baiting Tips
If you’re asking how to get rid of outdoor ants, you’re also asking how to get rid of lawn ants. The answer to both is to kill the ant colony.
When working to get rid of ants outside the home, look for ‘ant highways’ or foraging trails. These trails look like a line of traffic that is congested with ants, heading down the road from their home to yours. Similar to rush hour in the human world, ant highways are often most active during the morning or evening. To locate ant traffic, walk around the perimeter of your house. Pull back garden mulch, turn over rocks and look under pieces of wood to locate streams of ant traffic. Inspect potential entry points into your home, including windows, doors, exhaust vents, faucets and sliding glass doors. Also check for ants trailing up the sides of your home and along gutters.
Once you’ve tracked down the ant highways, place outdoor ant baits near ant trails or where ants are numerous. TERRO® Outdoor Liquid Ant Bait Stakes and TERRO® Outdoor Ant Bait Stations are designed to prevent the liquid bait from drying out, ensuring the ants always have a continuous supply of food.
Ants Love Liquids
Ants are drawn to liquid food over solid food because they are unable to digest food in solid form. This unique genetic makeup is what makes liquid baiting so effective. Ants consume the liquid bait and share the love by transporting it back to the nest to share with the rest of the unsuspecting colony and queen.
The Waiting Game
The size of the colony typically dictates how long it will take to wipe out an ant invasion. Smaller ant infestations can usually be eliminated within a day or two. If you’re dealing with a large colony or multiple colonies, you may need to wait 10 days to 2 weeks before the traffic jam clears and complete control is attained.
Be Patient – It Will Pay Off
Successful outdoor baiting is dependent upon giving the ants enough time to locate the bait, consume it and transport it back to the nest to share with the rest of the colony. It is important to steer clear of contact ant killers while baiting. Contact killers may cause the ants to die before they can take the bait back to the colony, undermining the whole purpose of he slow kill bait.