We would recommend using Termidor SC outdoors around the perimeter of your home. This will ensure that the ants do not enter your home. This treatment will last for six months outdoors. Termidor SC is strictly an outdoor treatment.
Indoors, we would recommend using the Indoor Ant Kit. It comes with a sugar and a protein for ants to consume and take back to the colony. This can be used in places around your kitchen and/or rooms where you have seen activity. This kit also includes Phantom Aerosol, a non-repellent spray for use indoors.
Both products will work very efficiently for pharaoh ants and are labeled for them. For pharoah ants, we generally recommend our Indoor Ant Kit. It comes with everything you will need to do a complete treatment.
Also, please check out our Ant Guide for tips on how to treat and prevent ants.
STEP 1 - BAIT - Bait Plate Stations, Advance 375A Granule Bait, Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel
*Handle bait stations with clean, dry hands or wear gloves. Avoid handling bait with bare hands as this may make baits less palatable.
*Your kit includes a set of 12 bait station bases, 12 lids, and 12 glue dots. Pull apart the stacks to separate the components. Each base is a tray with two ridged channels so that you can use two different baits in each bait plate station.
*To apply the Advance 375A Granule Bait, unscrew the top, then either gently tap the granules into a bait plate station tray, or use a dedicated or disposable tool such as a plastic spoon to scoop the bait into each station. Use 0.3 oz.- 1.0 oz. of bait in one side of each bait plate station you plan to set out. (Keep the other channel empty for the gel bait.)
*To apply the Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel, first gently unscrew the solid black tip of the tube you would like to use. Replace this tip with one of the clear, reusable tips included with your kit. Use either a bait gun or the included plastic plunger to gently expel the gel from the tube, similar to using a syringe. (You may need to pull back gently on the plunger to prevent over-application.) Place a spot of bait about the size of a pea in the other side of each bait plate stations you plan to use.
*When you are done applying the Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel, replace the clear plastic tip with the black solid tip to store bait.
*After you have filled your bait plate station trays, snap a lid onto each one by lining up the U-shaped tab and the round tab with the corresponding parts in the tray. Gently press the edges of the lid until it is firmly snapped into the tray, being careful not to tilt the trays, which may cause granule bait to spill. It is not necessary to remove the perforated tab from the bait plate station lids.
*You should place bait in areas where ant activity has been noticed. It is important to avoid purposefully putting the bait in the middle of an ant trail or onto the ants themselves: this will make the ants avoid the bait and make the baiting ineffective. Instead, put the bait near ant activity or next to ant trails. Some examples of places where the bait can be placed are:
*You should check the bait placements once a week and replenish as needed until ant activity has ceased. Be sure to continue reapplying bait as long as the ants accept it!
*Store baits in a dry, temperate area, out of direct sunlight. Baits are best used within a year of opening.
*Bait stations may be wiped clean and washed with warm water for reuse later. Do not use fragrant cleaners, as this may make future bait applications unattractive.
STEP 2 - SPRAY - Phantom Aerosol Spray
*Phantom aerosol is a non-repellent ant spray that will have effects similar to those of your ant baits. Although this will take a little more time to start killing the colony, it is a great companion and backup for when ants may not be actively foraging for food.
*Phantom can be used with the wide spray nozzle or with the included white nozzle and black crack and crevice straw. We recommend applying Phantom with the straw to make more detailed applications. If you have trouble inserting the straw, you may need a pair of needle-nosed pliers to force the straw into the nozzle. (Be sure to do this while the tip is off the can.)
*Apply Phantom to cracks and crevices where ants are likely to enter the structure or to trail, such as around window frames and door frames, where pipes and other utilities enter the structure, in corners, under appliances, and in any other spots where ants may have access into the structure.
*Keep other people and pets out of the treatment area until the spray has dried.
*Do not spray Phantom or other insecticides directly on top of bait placements.
*Phantom may be reapplied if needed, but wait at least 4 weeks between applications.
Yes, the Indoor Ant Kit is perfectly safe to use around children and pets. You would just need to have then out of the area while spraying the Phantom II Aerosol, and until that product dries, Also with the bait products you would need to keep them out of reach of both the children and pets. This kit does come with bait plait stations to be able to apply both baits within the kit safetly.
Our Indoor Ant Kit would help cover the ants dietary needs of sugar and protein, as well as an insecticide you can spray around baseboards, cracks, crevices and any other entry points including under the kitchen sink. We also have a great Ant Treatment Guide that can help guide you to effectively get rid of these ants.
Before applying any products, it is important to inspect and to prepare the treatment area. Practice good sanitation by eliminating food and water sources that may compete with the baits you are about to apply. Also find ways to seal up and eliminate access points into the structure. These steps will help not only to treat an existing infestation, but also to prevent future problems. Once you have identified the hot spots where ants are entering or trailing indoors, you are ready to use the products in your Indoor Ant Kit.
The best treatment for ants inside is our Indoor Ant Kit. This kit contains both a sweet and a protein bait to provide for a colony's changing needs, as well as a non-repellent spray that also lasts for many weeks after treatment. This kit also contains refillable Bait Plate Stations for ease of placement, monitoring, and cleanup. For prevention, a good choice for a perimeter spray would be Temprid SC insecticide. Please see our Ant Pest Guide for more information and tips about treating and preventing ant infestations.
Yes, the Indoor Ant Kit can be used for pharaoh ants. It contains both a sweet and a protein bait to provide for a colony's changing needs, as well as a non-repellent spray that also lasts for many weeks after treatment.
If you are still finding small ants inside, then we would suggest using our Indoor Ant Kit. This kit contains two kinds of bait with different food attractants, as well as refillable bait plate stations to make placement and monitoring quick and easy. This kit also includes Temprid Ready Spray which you can use in areas where ants and other pests are likely to enter or travel, such as around door frames, window frames, corners, and where utilities enter. You could also use an exterior spray to prevent ants from entering. Taurus SC is a fantastic residual spray that has a similar transfer effect to baiting that last for months. You can review our Ant Treatment Guide for more tips and information.
Citronella or Large Yellow Ants do not respond well to ant baits because they usually tend aphids or other insects to create their own food. Instead, these ants should be treated more like termites, locating and treating colonies directly or using non-repellent insecticides. If you find swarmers indoors, then you can simply vacuum them up; these ants are not usually found in colonies in homes unless there is already a serious moisture issue. You could use Temprid SC where these ants are trailing, to direct treat nests, or to treat around shrubs and other ornamentals where they may be present. This article from the UNL Extension has more information about this ant species.
You can do a quick test with peanut butter and honey to determine what kind of food an ant colony is looking for. If they go for the peanut butter, then they are looking for protein, and you would use a granule bait. If they go for the honey, then they are looking for sweets and you would use a gel or liquid bait. Our Indoor Ant Kit contains both a protein and a sweet bait, plus refillable stations and a residual spray for complete ant control.
For indoor ant problems, we recommend our Indoor Ant Kit. The kit contains an insecticide that leaves a residual that continues to kill, along with 2 different types of bait to appeal to the ants current taste, no matter what it is. Take a moment to review our Ant Control Guide for more information on treating your ant problem.
Yes, we do recommend using a protein bait and a sugar bait when treating for ants due to how frequently their dietary needs for one or the other switch. In addition to baitng, we suggest using a residual spray to apply around the baseboards, windows, doors, cracks and crevices for additional control where ants travel. The Indoor Ant Kit provides Temprid Ready Spray, Maxforce Complete Granular Bait, Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel along with 12 bait stations to use both baits in.
Indoor Ant Kit can be used to control all major ant species including Pharoah and Carpenter.