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How to Spray for Ants Outside

By DoMyOwn staff

One of the more traditional methods for controlling ants is to treat outside with a spray. In this video, we will highlight how to spray on the outside of your home or business. This will help to take control of the ants as close to the source as possible!

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If you have ants in your home or business, chances are good they are coming from an outdoor nest where they travel back and forth for food and water.  Since they are coming from outside it makes sense to control them at the source.  There are many ant killer sprays on the market.  We strongly recommend a non-repellent residual spray like Termidor SC.  Ants are likely to detect and avoid other sprays that are not labeled as “non-repellent”.  Termidor and other products like it cannot be smelled, tasted, or felt by ants.   Instead they crawl unsuspectingly through treated areas, picking up poison on their bodies and carrying it back to the nest.  At the nest, ants not directly exposed to the treated area will be controlled as they come into contact with affected ants.  This “Transfer Effect means you'll see its effects on ants in one to three days and most species will be controlled within the first week following the treatment.  Now it's time to apply the ant spray.  

You will need a 1 gallon hand pump sprayer.  For Termidor, mix .8 oz of product with each gallon of water.  For any other product, refer to the label for mixing instructions.  Most jobs take 1-2 gallons of solution to complete a perimeter application.  As you walk around your home, spray a barrier that extends one foot up the foundation walls and one foot out on the ground.  Sprays can also be applied to window and door frames, utility cable openings, and around pipe.  Sprays can also be applied to window and door frames, utility cable openings, around pipe bibs, and any other place where you have noticed ants trailing.  Never apply ant sprays as a wide broadcast across your lawn, and limit applications to once every six months.  

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