If you have noticed an increase in ant activity in and around your home, you may have an ant infestation. In this article, we will discuss what you will need to remove the ant infestation and review some of the best ant traps for kitchen, indoor and outdoors.
What attracts ants to the house?
Ants are continuously on the lookout for a source of food and water. Ants are attracted to anything that is damp or contains water. Ants are also attracted to items that are sugary or sweet smelling. Other foodstuffs which they are attracted to are bread and pet foods.
To prevent ants from searching for foodstuffs in the house, store bread, and other goods in sealed plastic containers. This will prevent the ants from smelling these foods.
Remove any standing water in your kitchen area, such as the kettle and be sure to wipe the inside of the sink after washing to remove any moisture. The same applies to bathrooms and laundry areas.
Store fruits, jams and other sweet spreads in the refrigerator and after using any of these items, clean up any spills immediately to prevent the ants being attracted to the scent.
Leaving pet food on the floor overnight or for extended periods is also a sure-fire way of attracting ants. Once the ants know there is a continual supply of food and water, they will keep coming back.
What is an ant trap?
Ant traps are not traps in the traditional sense, rather they are best described as being a feeding station. The bait or food contained within contains poison as one of the chief ingredients. The bait is usually a sweet or protein-based mixture which attracts the ants into the station in order to feed.
The ants will eat some of the bait and transport large quantities of the bait back to the ant colony. The colony is where the ant trap bait is more effective as the ants in the colony will feed on the bait and will die from the ingested poison. This is a much safer option than commercially available spray cans as it kills the ants at the source, in the ant colony itself.
Can you use an ant trap indoors and outdoors?
The short answer is yes, you can use an ant trap indoors and outdoors. Ant traps are designed with entry and exit holes that permit easy access to the poisoned bait contained within. These are usually a plastic disc or box and are effective wherever they are placed within the home.
Some manufacturers do make specific traps designed exclusively for indoor and outdoor use.
Are there different types of ant traps?
There are different types of ant traps available on the market. Commercially made ant traps come in various sizes and shapes but the goal is the same. Outdoor ant traps are usually designed to hang from garden features such as trees or bird feeders. Another variant uses a stake for placing on the lawn or flower beds.
What type of ant trap should I consider using?
The ant trap you should use is dependent on the type of infestation you have. Fire ants are attracted to and prefer a protein-rich foodstuff. Common sugar ants, as in the name are attracted to sugary foodstuffs.
If you are unsure, the packaging of the product should give a clear indication of the ants they are designed to target. Another consideration to take is if you are going to use the product in the house or outdoors. Outdoor traps should be waterproof and the packaging should indicate whether or not it is suitable for outdoor use.
Best ant trap reviews
Terro Prefilled Liquid Traps
Terro liquid ant killer was introduced in 1915 and has gained a reputation for being one of the best on the market. The packaging or Terro products are distinguished by the bright orange color.
The design of the ant trap container has been patented by the manufacturer and is designed in such a way as to prevent the bait from drying out.
They are convenient and ready to use bait station with a fast-acting formula
Terro liquid ant killer bait stations kill all the most common of household ants
Ideal for indoor or outdoor use, the product will not drip, spill or make a mess.
The patented design of the product eliminates any handling of potentially toxic chemicals and prevents the bait from drying out.
- The bait kills a wide variety of ant species
- The liquid ant killer is of high quality and is easy to handle
- Once the bait has done its job, the ant colony is permanently destroyed
- Very fast acting formula leading to speedy results
- The container is a little flimsy
- The bait is sticky, so avoid any spills
- The clear can be difficult to see if spillage has occurred
Kness Ants No More Ant Bait Stations
Knees pest defense has been manufacturing high-quality pest control solutions for more than 90 years. Their ant’s no more products have become very popular and made them a household name over the decades.
Knees ants no more bait stations are designed for outdoor usage. The product is waterproof and tamper proof and are easy to use. The product itself is a small canister on top of a spike which is then pushed into the ground. Open the top of the canister and insert the bait. The container is designed to hold liquid, solid or granular bait depending on your needs.
Has two bait compartments in the canister for granular and liquid baits.
Can use two baits simultaneously.
There is an interior sliding bait guard which assists in reducing spillage.
Multiple entrances and exit holes increase the movement of the ants, the result of this is the faster elimination of the ant colony.
The tamper resistant lid on the canister prevents accidental opening and as such is very child safe
Ultraviolet resistant materials keep the bait active for longer periods
- A good durable construction
- Tamper-proof lid
- Waterproof design
- Easy to clean and reusable
- Can use two baits at a time
- The green color makes the ants no more blend into the garden
- Depending on which type of bait you are using the small compartment needs to be checked and refilled often
- You have to buy the bait separately as they do not come pre-filled.
- This is specifically for outdoor use, so you will need to purchase another product for indoor use.
Maxforce Ant Stations
Maxforce products fall under the Beyer brand. Maxforce is effective both indoors and outdoors. The bait stations are easy to use and handle as the gel is contained in a small plastic container that sits on a flat surface. The bait station has an adhesive strip on the container for use on a wall or other vertical surface.
The product has effective ant control for up to one year
The gel has a non-repellent formula to prevent any secondary colony formations
The product is odor free and does not smell of insecticide
The product has a child-resistant design
The easy to use ant bait stations are designed so that you can inspect each bait station and monitor the number of ants which are feeding
The maxforce range of products targets a wide variety of ant species.
- The bag in which they are supplied contains several ready to use bait stations
- Easy to place wherever needed
- Can be used indoors or outdoors
- The adhesive strip means you can install them on vertical surfaces
- The product is safe for use near pets or children
- Could be considered pricey in comparison to other products on the market
- The adhesive strip is convenient, however, it may have difficulty adhering to certain
- The product requires regular monitoring to determine when they need to be replaced
Enforcer products were first introduced in 1977 and have, since then, grown to become a trusted supplier of pest elimination products. Currently, enforcer has more than 30 formulas in its range of products.
Enforcer has a clear view design, enabling you to see at a glance how much bait is remaining inside the container. The active ingredient contained in enforcer is abamectin which is both an attractant to ants that prefer sweet foods and those ant species which prefer greasier foodstuffs.
What this means is that the product will be able to effectively treat many different varieties of ant infestation.
Enforcer is suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
The bait containers are child resistant
Ants will begin eating the bait immediately
Can be used in and around the home, kitchens, bathrooms, countertops, cabinets, sinks and around plumbing fixtures
Clear view for easy bait inspection
- The bait is in a clear plastic container to eliminate spills
- The clear view container to monitor the bait
- Easy to handle and use, the container is shaped to sit comfortably on flat surfaces
- No need to refill the container once the bait is finished, simply dispose of the product
- Child-safe design
- Directions may be confusing
- May not work on all ant species
No two products are alike and you may need to try one or more products to find the one that is best suited to deal with your ant infestation. In most cases, the products listed above are more than capable of getting rid of any ant colonies which may be threatening your home.
I hope that after reading this article, you had found the best ant trap for kitchen, and for your home.
Lastly, always read the instructions carefully when handling any poisons