How Does Ant Bait work?
Ant baits work by attracting ants with a food-based lure, which is combined with a slow-acting insecticide. The ants carry the bait back to their colony to share with other ants, including the queen. As the bait is passed around and consumed by the colony, it gradually spreads throughout the entire ant population and can lead to the elimination of the colony.
The active ingredients in ant baits vary, but common ones include borax, fipronil, and abamectin. These insecticides are low in toxicity to humans and pets and are designed to be slow-acting, allowing enough time for the ants to share the bait with other members of the colony.
It's important to note that ant baits can take several days or even weeks to be effective, as it can take time for the bait to be consumed and spread throughout the colony. Additionally, it's important to use baits that are specifically formulated for the type of ants being targeted, as different ant species have different food preferences and behavioral patterns.
Overall, ant baits are a relatively safe and effective way to control ant infestations, particularly when used in conjunction with other pest control methods such as eliminating potential food sources, sealing entry points, and maintaining a clean environment.
Odorous House Ant Biology
Odorous house ants (Tapinoma sessile) are a common household pest found in many parts of North America. Here are some key aspects of their biology:
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