Michael from Ewing, Nj writes
I have been battling sugar ants (Argentine Ants) for a few months. Other baits I have purchased at local hardware stores did not work. I purchased the Advance Dual Choice Ant Bait Stations, based on the information on your web site. After three days with these stations, it doesn't seem that the ants are interested in the bait. I see them check it out, but never have them flock to any of the bait stations. If I put out syrup, the ants flock to that. Do you have any suggestions?
The ants that you are having an issue with may be more interested in the moisture content of syrup than they are with the actual syrup. If the ants have not taken any bait no matter what types of bait you have put out, you may have a species of ant that makes their own food by laying non-viable eggs or by growing a fungus. We recommend that you use a spray like Phantom that will be transferred back to the nesting site. Phantom is a non-repellent insecticide that has a delayed reaction which allows ants time to get back to the colony and spread the product. In essence, the ants will not be able to tell that the product is in place and they will pick it up on the fine hairs all over their body and inadvertently carry it back to the colony where over a course of a few days it will knock out the entire colony. Phantom works really well because you don't have to worry about whether the ants will accept bait, they just need to walk over the treated areas.
Answer last updated on: 05/18/2012