How to Get Rid of Baby Ants

Worker ants bring food to baby ants.
Worker ants bring food to baby ants. (Image: ant image by jeancliclac from <a href=''></a>)

Baby ants, or larvae, are white and look very similar to grubs. These creatures have no legs and cannot reach food on their own. Worker ants, which are all female, make up the majority of the ant colony and are the ones you most often see. Worker ants are in charge of feeding and cleaning the larvae. Although this behavior is acceptable outdoors, ants who build colonies in your home are pests. In order to get rid of ants in your home, you must eliminate the larvae.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Rag
  • Borax or boric acid ant bait

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Locate the ants’ foraging trail, which are pheromone trails that tell the ants where to go. These trails are why you often see worker ants “marching” in a line. Pay attention to the trail the foragers follow.

Find the entry point of the nest. The entry point could be near the cracks under your sink, a small hole in the wall, a window or a door.

Secure all ant attractants like sugar, honey and cough syrup in tightly, rubber sealed jars and bottles. Wash areas on your floor that may contain stickiness from spills or crumbs with hot, soapy water and a rag.

Place borax or boric acid ant bait on or near the foraging trail and entry point. This ensures the ants find the food quickly and bring it to the nest to feed the baby ants.

Tips & Warnings

  • Borax or boric acid ant baits have been improved to be more pet- and child-safe than other poison bait traps.
  • Use ant bait traps in late winter or early spring, when adult ants will be feeding solid food to the hatching baby ants.
  • Avoid ant bait with arsenic, sulfur amid or chlorpyrifos, as these poisons kill the foragers before they bring the food to the nest.


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