IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been having ant problems. It must be that time of the year. It
definitely is not because of food lying around in the open Ã¢â‚¬â€ they
literally crawl out of the woodwork in the bathroom as well as the
kitchen. The Raid Ant Baits, contrary to popular ePinion, did not work well for me.
The ants did not feed off the chemical traps even though they were
placed near the trails.
The Combat Quick Kill formula attracts ants more effectively. Ants were
going into the feed containers within a few minutes of placing them.
The Combat brand uses a different chemical than the Raid bait, so that
might be the reason why. Although the package recommends using all
the traps, I use just one at a time and wrap up the rest tightly in
Equal also seemed to work Ã¢â‚¬â€ there were little nibbles bitten out of
the pile of equal Ã¢â‚¬â€ but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not quite sure if the ants died or if
they just went elsewhere. They werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t eating it up though. They
seemed to dislike it at first.
Folks have pretty
good experience using Equal as ant poison though, and best of all,
itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s free if you eat at International House of Pancakes.
Best ant killing formula is also a somewhat toxic one, but one to consider as a last resort. I have found the Raid spray containing permethrin to be effective. The best way is to find where the ants are entering and exiting the area and spray at that entrance point to create a toxic barrier. Then either spray and kill the remaining ants or wipe them up with a towel. Spray low, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t breathe. If you spray inside the house, keep the window open for a while. If you can smell it, the active ingredients must besomewhere in the air tooÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Update 10/19/2007: How to get rid of ants – part 2