Looking for a certain way to get rid of ants inside the house?
Luckily, ant traps and baits can help. For protecting your home, we have carefully curated this collection of the 7 Best Indoor Ant Traps & Bait.
(Looking for outdoor options? Check out this collection)
#1: TERRO Liquid Ant Bait Ant Killer
One effective indoor ant trap option is the TERRO Liquid Ant Traps. Place the bait station along walls, in corners, cupboards or whereever ants are present. The trap stays fresh until you open it by twisting the snap-off tab. The ants will then access the tasty bait, attracted by the sweet liquid. The bait stations are highly recommended by customers for working like a charm and being easy to use. Comes in a set of 12 traps, 6 bait stations in each box.
#2: Terro Discreet Adhesive Strips – Liquid Ant Baits
Another trap option are these Terro Adhesive Strips. The liquid baits can be placed discreetly to match your decor. The worker ants will carry the liquid home to the nest and kill the colony. The strips come highly recommended by customers, especially for being discreet and adhesive – ready to be placed where ever ants like to pass.
3: Hot Shot MaxAttrax Ant Bait
The Hot Shot MaxAttrax Ant Bait is another effective option. Each pack contains 8 bait stations that are child-proof and can be placed in closets, under sinks or where the ants have their trail. They are small and compact and will last and work for up to 6 months. Customer reviews report plenty of ants problems gone with these baits.
#4: Raid Ant Baits
For use in your home, Raid Ant Baits is a similar compact indoor ant bait option. Place the small traps around the house, along walls and in corners. Ants will feed on the bait and return to their nest, killing the entire colony.
#5: Optigard Ant Bait Gel
Gel is an invisible yet effective option that provides results against ants. Optigard Ant Bait Gel comes in 4 syringes with 30mg each. Squeeze some gel in corners or against walls: Ants will feed on the gel, return to their nest and kill the queen, the young and the entire colony. The gel will stay moist and effective for weeks. Customer reviews mention many ant free homes as a result of using this gel – you can expect to see results within a few days.
#6: Nature-Cide All Purpose Insecticide
For everyday and instant protection, it’s always a good idea to have a product like Nature-Cide All Purpose Insecticide handy. Ants won’t bring this back, but it kills on contact. The practical spray kills ants but also roaches, bed bugs, ticks, fleas and other insects. The insecticide is eco-friendly and made from essential non-staining oils. It’s American-made by California Pest Control Company.
#7: Ultrasonic Pest Repeller
Besides traps and baits, consider another option – something like an Ultrasonic Pest Repeller. Plug it in a power socket and the ultrasonic waves will repel both ants, insects, moths, fleas, flies, mosquitoes, mice and rats. In customer reviews, the repeller is reported to actually work and be very effective against ants.
What to consider when choosing ant bait and pest control solutions
Granule, gel or trap: Ant killers come in many shapes and sizes. Granules are mostly for outdoor use and perimeter control, whereas traps are effective for indoor use (some traps work great outdoors as well). Gel is also an option, if you want something that is hardly visible around the house.
Effectiveness: Make sure that the ant killer is known to be an effective killer of both ants and colonies. Check user reviews for good war stories from the home and garden. Check low-star reviews for problems with product effectiveness.
Time: Make sure the ant killer works and is preserved over time, so you won’t have to come back constantly and re-apply. Some products are only effective for a few days or weeks (like gels), others are still effective after months.
Not just ants: Most ant killers also kill other bugs like roaches, flees and ticks. Check product specs to make sure that you get all your enemies taken care of in one swoop.
Storage and disposal: Some ant killers are toxic. Look at direction for storage and disposal to make sure the product is handled correctly.
Types of ants: Most ant killers are effective against various ant species such as sugar ants, fire ants, household ants, pavement ants, carpenter ants and argentine ants. Most products kill a range of species, others are especially designed for one type of ant.
Easy of use: Depending on your preference, some products are easier to use than others. For instance, granules are a bit messy, but also effective.
Natural made: Some ant killers are made from all-natural ingredients and do not harm the environment.
Visibility: Granules and traps can be seen by the human eye around the house, but are generally effective. Gel is a good option if you want something invisible that people won’t notice.
Satisfaction Guarantee: Some brands offer a “Satisfaction Guarantee”, where you can be provided with a reimbursement within 1-2 months of purchase.