Pharaoh ants usually appear in ant trails that can be followed to a food or water source. Because of their wide foraging areas, the use of sprays or aerosols will usually cause the colony to split and increase reproduction rates. DO NOT SPRAY ANTS INDOORS! Because their nests are well hidden inside walls, it is usually best to use baits to eliminate the problem. Baits come in a variety of applications, including pre-baited stations, gel applications and granule form. Place the stations at a rate of three to six per average-sized room wherever ants are present. Always consult the product label for more detailed information. The three rules of using bait stations are as follows:
- Wash your hands BEFORE touching the bait.
- Do not use insecticides or cleansers on or near the bait.
- Once the bait station is placed DO NOT MOVE IT, except to replace it in exactly the same spot.
Treat outdoors against all exterior walls with a granule insect bait. This application allows faster control because ants will often feed on both sides of an exterior wall.
For more information on baiting products and application instructions, visit your nearest Pestop location.