How to Kill Ants

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Before killing ants, it's best to determine what kind of ants are being dealt with, because different ants have different methods of survival. Find out how to kill ants with different types of bait with help from a pest control technician in this free video on bugs and pest extermination.

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Hi. One of the most common questions I get is how do I kill ants? Well, I'm going to help you with that. I'm Michael Piacenza with Advantage Pest Control. Well first thing you have to do is figure out what kind of ant are you dealing with? Because ants live on a lot of different things. Some ants are predators and eat other bugs and ants, some of them are going to be sweet-eaters. They just eat a plethora of different things okay? So you got to figure out what kind of ant you have so that you can go after them. Because one of the best ways to kill ants is with baits. And if you don't give a bait that they like, well, you're not going to get anywhere. What I normally do in my day-to-day pest control business, if somebody has ants I try to find where their ants are at and I put down two or three different types of baits. A sweet bait, a protein bait, and a mixed gel. Then I go around and I spray all the baseboards. I prefer to use a botanically based product which is a bio-pesticide, then I take a dust and I go underneath the stove, and refrigerator, and dishwasher, especially areas where there's any water or moisture, or where there's going to be foods. I use the botanically based product, botanical and minerals, it's very safe so I can even go into the pantry and dust in that area. By the time I get done doing that, I go back and I see what kind of a bait they're going after alright? So if they're going after a sweet then I'll put a little syrupy bait down in a few different areas. This is going to get them in two different ways. That bait is going to have a borate in it, like an atero-type base, and they're going to take that back to the colony. That's going to kill the young, and the queen, and the entire colony. Meanwhile, guess what, they're trapsing right along where I've just dusted and sprayed. So now I've got them with a triple approach. Now if it's a really bad case, something like a white-footed ant, which is an exotic import they actually live in a tree and then get into the house, you might need to go outside and put down a time-release granules around the house and spray up underneath the eves. But that's only in a severe case and you'll probably need a professional. So I hope this has been helpful. I'm Michael Piacenza. Have a great day.

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