- Identify the species of ant infesting your home and match your bait to the type of ant.
- Offer a small quantity of a grease-based bait, a protein-based bait and a sweet-based bait if you are in doubt about the species of ant. Monitor the ants to see which bait is most readily accepted.
- Follow a trail of ants to their exit point from the room or house. Place bait stations at or as close as possible to these points.
- Avoid use of insecticide sprays on or near ants while using bait. If foraging ants are killed before they return to the colony, your bait will be ineffective.
- Keep counters, crevices alongside sinks and hobs, skirting boards and floors clean and free of food particles. Your bait must be the only food available to the ants.
- Maintain a good supply of fresh bait. Rancid or dried-up bait is unattractive to ants. Ensure that bait does not get wet or contaminated by other substances as this will deter ants from eating.
Things You Will Need
- Appropriate bait for species of ant
- Baiting can take up to several weeks to be effective.
- You may need to use more than one dose of bait to eradicate a large colony.
- Check that your bait does not contain cyfluthrin or permethrin, as these are actually insecticides, which will kill the ants before they return to the colony.
- Check labels on bait containers to see what active ingredients they contain and to read guidelines for use.