An Economical Way To Keep Ants Away This Summer

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

My name is Steve and I have been in the pest exterminator business for more than 10 years and I personally treat my home for ant problems that I have every year. All of the products that you can find in stores are similar to what big businesses use. For example either the ant bait is sugar-based or protein-based depending on the ant that you are trying to treat. So don’t spend hundreds of dollars hiring a professional. Do it yourself and spend the rest of the money to reward yourself for a job well done without ants.

I will divide this article into two parts: what to do before ants start coming out and what to do when ants have already invaded your home.

What you should do before ants start to come out during the spring and summer time is to block them from coming in the first place. If ants cannot come in then you will not have an ant problem in the first place. I have tested out almost allof the over the counter ant products and you should spread “Terro’s Perimter Ant Bait Plus” around the perimeter of your home. This over-the-counter product has been the best product for me and it rivals some of the commercial products that you can find. Depending on how large your house is you might need to buy more than one. Don’t be shy about spreading the granules around the perimeter of your home, be very generous. After you have done this, you need to get rid of any ant mounds or home that you can find. Spread some of the “Terro’s Perimeter Ant Bait Plus” on the top of the ant mounds and this should get rid of the whole colony by killing the queen. After you do this go drink a lemonade and get prepared to treat the ants inside of your home.

If you home is currently invested with ants, you should know that there are many different types of ants in the US depending on the type of ant that is prevalent in your area. Depending on the type of ant, you need to treat them with either sugar or protein bait. We will use ants in the south as an example, but you can still apply this wherever you are.

Pharaoh ants are one of the main types of ants that are prevalent in the south and just love sugar based solutions. What ants especially in the south like to do is build their homes in between your walls. One of the biggest mistakes that people tend to do is spray chemicals around their homes. What this will do is that the ants will create sub colonies which will be even harder to get rid of. So what ever you do, don’t use any other kind of ant killer spray inside of the home except for the use of ant bait!

Since we are talking about ants in the south remember, buy sugar based solutions, if you go to the store looking for a protein based bait then this will not work!! And you will still have ant problems! This is why you failed in getting rid of ants when you bought ant bait at Walmart to get rid of ants. What you should do if ants have invaded your house is to first remove any open foods in the kitchen of your home. This will attract more ants to come in since they will notify the other ant from outside your home by means of an invisible trail called pheromones. What you should do next is that if you find a group of ants buy and place “Terro’s Liquid Ant Bait” and put it where ants like to hang out. Once one ant goes into the bait, more ants are sure to follow. Remember, although it might freak you out to see so many ants, DO NOT disturb the ant bait. The ant bait is doing its job and taking the chemical back to the queen which will eventually destroy the whole colony. After a few days you will be ant free and can enjoy the peace that your home was meant to bring.


  1. Thank you so much for this! I love this article. I am a fellow frugal blogger :) Come check me out when you can. We are currently going from 2 incomes to 1 so that I can stay home with my kids. So I will definatly be following your blog!

  2. Nice to have another follower- since I live in Canada, I can't take part in most sites that have great offers that you send away for- boo hoo.
    We are 1 income household as I have health problems that limit me from having a normal job at times.

  3. We put out the Terro's and *crossed fingers* so far, so good, haven't seen an ant. (Last year was horrible!)

    How long is it effective? Do we need to reapply?

  4. Hello-as this was a guest post, I'm not sure of an answer for you.You may wish to contact the manufacturer, who could provide you with a better answer.I'm glad I don't have that problem. I hate insects!


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