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Getting Rid Of Ants The Right Way

Why You Can’t Get Rid Of Ants

We’re asked by customers all the time during a pest control service why is it that they can’t get rid of ants. They try all sorts of things to try and bring ants under control. Here’s why you can’t get rid of ants.

The first place most turn to is their local hardware store for some chemicals. This may seem like a great idea but in most instances, it’s just a waste of money.

The products found in shops that the public are allowed to buy just won’t get the job done.

Not only are the products inferior to that of a professional pest control service, but homeowners are placing them in the wrong areas.

Ants are masters of survival, and a little knowledge goes a long way when it comes to controlling them.

Why you can’t get rid of ants –  it could be the products!

Most products sold in hardware stores and alike contain permethrin or bifenthrin. These two actives are good for some situations but not ants.

The household aerosol ant killer does it work, but it doesn’t give a long term solution.

The products sold to homeowners are what is called an instant knockdown. That is, they kill insect straightaway and this may sound good but not always.

In the case of ants or even termites, you need a product with a delayed effect. Products with a delayed effect are called non-repellents.

A non-repellent will eventually kill insects like ants but it does it over a period of time. The reason we want this is that we want the trailing ants to take the product back to the main colony.

Killing just the ants say in a kitchen or bathroom will only get rid of those ants. This method is not good for a long term effect. This is when you need to use a non-repellent.-

Why You Can;t Get Rid of Ants - black ants

Black House Ants

Professional products

So why can’t you get rid of ants but the professional pest controller can?  Simple – we have the right products at hand.

The most widely used product in the pest industry to control ants is Termidor. Termidor is a non-repellent so it allows the ants to return to the main colony.

Ants are like termites in some ways and one similarity is that they are social creatures. When they return to their main colony they groom one another.

This grooming is when a product like Termidor is passed to other colony members. Over a period of a couple of weeks, the entire colony will be destroyed.

The other important thing to mention is that a product like Termidor needs to be applied to the right places.

Areas to be treated will be where ants forage. Spraying directly into nests is a preferred area of treatment. Spraying into garden beds is also very important when attempting to eliminate ants.

When an ant treatment has been carried out by a professional exterminator it should last around 3-4 months.

Repeat treatments are necessary if a customer wants a 12-month warranty. Termidor shouldn’t be applied more than twice in a 12-month time period.

Carpenter Ant


When attempting your own pest control treatments always use protective clothing and read the label thoroughly.


Using the services of a professional pest control company will ensure you get rid of your ant problem.

Why you can’t get rid of ants is simply because you are using the wrong product. You wouldn’t take a house knife to cut down a tree and the same goes for pests.

In the pest industry using the right product for each situation is important for a long term solution.

Don’t muck around – call us now for an effective solution to your ant infestation.

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About author

Jason Neale is the owner of Sunnystate we are a professional Pest Control and Termite company servicing customers throughout Brisbane – Ipswich – Gold Coast and have been in the industry for over 20 years and is also a keen blogger.