Ants Are on the Move

Be Ready with TERRO® Outdoor Liquid Ant Baits!

We have some bad news for those who believe ants have died off during the cold winter months – they didn’t! Ants often spend the winter in their nesting sites, awaiting the first stretch of warm days. Now that the weather has warmed up, ants are back on the move in search of food. TERRO®, a leader in ant and pest control solutions, recommends using Outdoor Liquid Ant Baits or Outdoor Liquid Ant Bait Stakes to control ants outside before they have a chance to get inside.

“For effective, long-term control of common sweet-eating ants, you need to bait the worker ants – those you see marching in and around your house,” says Stew Clark, Director of Research at TERRO®. “As worker ants forage for food, they are drawn to the sweet liquid in the ant bait. While the active ingredient in the bait will ultimately kill the ants by interfering with their digestive systems, it works slowly enough that the ants have time to share the bait with the rest of the colony. This is the only way to kill the ants you see and the ants you don’t.”

This is a bait product, so expect to see more ants at first — lots more. As ants find the liquid bait, they consume it and drop a pheromone trail back to the nest. This trail lets all other worker ants know where a food supply has been found.

terro_liquid_ant-baits The TERRO® Outdoor Liquid Ant Baits are ideal for large ant infestations, containing 1 oz. of liquid bait per station, or 6 oz. of bait in each box. Additionally, these stations provide versatility in where they are placed. The stations can be used with the provided stakes for placement in the ground, or they can be used without the stakes in areas such as decks, garages or basements. This flexibility makes it easy to place the stations anywhere ants are noticed.
TERRO® Outdoor Liquid Ant Bait Stakes contain the same proven formulation as the Outdoor Liquid Ant Baits. The stakes feature:

  • terro_liquid_ant-Bait_stakesA see-through bait window, which makes it easy to tell when the stake needs to be replaced.
  • A tiered bait pack for increased consumption.
  • The snap-off tab keeps the bait fresh until it’s ready to use.
  • Reinforced stake ridges give the stake added strength when being inserted into the ground.
  • Plastic housing protects the bait from the elements and keeps it from drying out.

When searching for ants outside the home, your customers should look for “ant highways” or foraging trails. Often, these trails are most active during the morning or evening, but ants can forage any time of day if the conditions are right. They should walk around the perimeter of the house and carefully check for ant trails. Some places to check include in and under garden mulch, under rocks and around pieces of wood. They’ll also want to inspect potential entry points to the home, including windows, doors, exhaust vents, faucets and sliding glass doors. Ants may also be trailing up the sides of the home and along gutters.

“The key to successfully using any TERRO® ant bait product is to make sure the ants find the bait, eat it, and take it back to the nest to share it with the rest of the colony,” says Clark. “Be sure to eliminate all other food sources in the area. This will ensure the ants aren’t tempted to eat anything but the bait. Place the ant baits close to ant activity and leave the baits as undisturbed as possible. Lastly, be sure to monitor the bait level and replace them when they’re empty so that ants always have a fresh supply of bait.”

If ants have managed to find their way inside, TERRO® has indoor liquid ant bait solutions as well.

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