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Carol from Florida writes,
12/18/2012:

Best ant bait to use in an open crawl space?

My house is on piers with an open crawl space. I am having problem with small protein eating ants coming in from where the wall meets the wood floors. I have used your Advance granular, which they do like, but the granules are usually too large to fit through the opening in the floors/wall cracks (I see where they have carried the granules back to the crack but left them). I have cats and there are outdoor animals (raccoons, possums, etc.) that travel under my house, so I want the least toxic method to get rid of these ants. What do you suggest to use indoors as well as outdoors? I have been told that applying petroleum jelly around all the piers and pipes that connect to the ground will keep them out, but I certainly don't want to take on that job!

Answer:

Phantom Aerosol would be a good choice for you. Phantom should be applied around baseboards, door frames, window frames and places where utilities (cables, pipes and wires) enter through the wall as these are the most likely places for the ants to enter/exit. 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 all take the bait, they just need to walk over the treated areas.

Answer last updated on: 12/18/2012

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