How to Kill Red Ants Easily


Red ants or fire ants are aggressive insects that can pose a health hazard if disturbed. Injury from red ants ranges from the mild sting or rash to the extreme allergic reaction causing death. Red ants can be difficult to kill since you must make sure that you have killed all of the queens so that the colonies or colony will die. Many products and techniques are said to kill red ants but many will only kill some of the colony.

Things You'll Need

  • Caulk
  • Indoor ant killer
  • Ant bait
  • Insecticidal dust
  • Look for places where the ants are entering your home and seal off the entrance with caulking. This may require some time to watch them.

  • Kill the ants inside your home using an indoor ant killer. While you are doing this, remove any food sources, such as crumbs, trash, spills, and pet food.

  • Find all of the mounds outside from which the ants are emerging. You must treat all of the colonies to kill the ants.

  • Apply ant bait to the area during foraging time. Ants will begin to take the bait within the hour in temperatures of 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Bait can be applied to individual mounds up to a distance of three feet away.

  • Sprinkle insecticidal dust over each mound. Be sure not to let the dust come in contact with your skin, eyes, nose or mouth, and do not inhale the dust. This approach kills ants that come in contact with the dust, which will remain on the insect. Together, the bait and insecticidal dust should eliminate red ants within one to several weeks depending on the extent of the problem.

Tips & Warnings

  • Bait must be fresh and dry to be attractive to ants.
  • If you believe the ants are living inside of your home, it is best to contact a pest control service.
  • Keep children and pets away from any bait or ant killer. Follow the label on ant bait to stay within the legal range of use.

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