Ant Inspection Guide
Learn How to Find Where Ants Are Coming From
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Knowing How to Find Ants Will Help You Stop Them
- Bright Flashlight
Where to Inspect Indoors
If you are only finding a couple of ants here and there, you can do the honey and peanut butter test to help attract the ants to one spot so you can see where the trail of ants comes from and also to help detect what type of ant bait would work best in your ant treatment program.
- Place a jar lid or saucer near the area where you have noticed some ant activity
- Place a 1/2 teaspoon of honey on one end of the lid or saucer and 1/2 teaspoon of peanut butter on the other end.
- Leave the honey and peanut butter in place until the ants start trailing
- Ants tend to be more nocturnal, so we recommend using your flashlight to follow the trail back to the nesting area or the area they are using to gain entrance into your structure in the late evening.
If the ants are eating just the honey, a liquid or gel bait would be a good bait choice. If the ants are more attracted to the peanut butter, a granule or paste bait would be a good choice. You should note that as an ant colony grows and changes their nutritional needs will change. At some point they may only accept sweet or gel bait and at other times they may only accept protein or granule baits.
Where to Inspect Outdoors
- In firewood piles
- Under yard debris
- In electrical and utility boxes
- In dirt mounds in the yard
- Under the siding on your structure
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