How to kill ants with terro

Written by adam crowson
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Ants. Once you see them wandering around your house, you know you have a problem. Where's the nest? Where are they coming from? How do I find the nest? These can be some of the questions you ask yourself if you're a first-time homeowner and have never had to deal with this problem before. Relax. There's an easy solution for getting rid of your new pest(s): Buy a small bottle of Terro Ant Killer. Terro Ant Killer acts as a baiting agent, attracting ants to it as a food source. The ants take the "food" back to the colony. It will only be a few days until the colony is dead. Here's how you bait them.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Terro Ant Killer

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Rip small squares of cardboard off the box the Terro bottle comes in. The tabs on the box usually work best.

  2. 2

    Place a drop of Terro about the size of a dime on each piece of cardboard.

  3. 3

    Set cardboard squares in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room of your house or anywhere you're noticing ants. However, the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room are common places to see ants.

  4. 4

    Wait. You will notice more ants around the Terro in a few days. Be patient; they have to return to their colony. It can take up to 10 days to kill off a normal-sized colony. If the colony is larger, it might take longer.

Tips and warnings

  • One of the best areas to bait ants is near a kitchen sink. Place a cardboard square with ant killer on it approximately 12 inches away from the sink.
  • You might notice a pile of dead ants somewhere in the house, far from the Terro. The bodies have been removed from the colony, a sign that there are still ants alive in the colony. Repeat steps or try an ant spray to kill off the survivors.
  • Borax is used in Terro's ant bait. According to the Terro website, the EPA recognises Borax as "being among the safest and least toxic chemicals available to consumers."

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