Black Ants Infestation - Knowledgebase Question

Baltimore, MD
Question by BarlowSista
June 21, 2007
Please suggest products other than sprays that are only a temporary fix. I have purchased desposable traps - any brand recommended in particular? What's the significance of borax based products?


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Answer from NGA
June 21, 2007

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Choose products with borax for the most effective solution. Borax within the bait kills ants when it is carried back to the nest and shared with the entire colony.

We do recommend the following which contain borax or boric acid as the active ingredient:

Drax (5% boric acid in a sugar solution)
Enforcer (5% borax, 4% boric acid in a sugar solution)
Terro-Ant Killer (5.4% borax in a sugar solution)

We do not recommend following ant bait stations, because the poisons they contain may kill the foragers before they can share the food with the rest of the colony, so that your ant invasion continues unabated.

Grant?s Kills Ants (contains arsenic)
Maxattrax, Pro-Control 1, or Pro-Control Dual Choice (these all contain sulfluramid, a respiratory inhibitor)
Ortho, Raid, or TAT (these all contain chlorpyrifos, an acetylcholine esterase nerve poison)

Good luck with your abatement!

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