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Ant Gel Baits

Ant Gel Baits – Baits are one of the most effective ways to control ants for long periods of time.  Gel baits tend to not be as messy as liquid ant baits.  They tend to stay together better on vertical surfaces and may not harden as quickly as other ant bait formulations.  If you have ant trails, gel baits should be placed right next to the trail itself.  If you put it away from the trail, the ants may not find it.  If you put it in the trail, the ants may become irritated and abandon the trail.  By placing it next to the trail where just a little of it touches the trail, the ants are more likely to find it and investigate it.  Place a small amount of bait about the size of a dime at each spot.  You should consider placing bait along trails, every 3 – 5 feet.  If you have trails on surfaces in the building that you do not want ants on such as tables and countertops, do not put any bait on these surfaces.  Look at the trails to find where they are disappearing into a hole, a crack, under a baseboard, behind window or door trim, anywhere the trail ends.  This is where you want to put the gel bait.  Take a wet paper towel and wipe up the ants that are trailing on the surfaces you do not want them on.  Do not spray any insecticide anywhere near the gel bait.  If you contaminate the bait with other insecticides, the ants may not feed on the bait.  Even if you have ants inside, there is some evidence that baiting only on the outside of the building is just as effective and will make the ants less noticeable than using the baits inside.  Place baits on the outside in each corner of window sills, at the corners of the building, and in holes around where pipes and other things go through the outside wall.  This however, takes some time to accomplish, as much as two to four weeks.  The more ants that feed on the bait, the faster you may gain control of the ant problem you are experiencing.  Please read and follow all pesticide labeling.