I’m very interested in your article and very encouraged by all of the positive testimonials.
Our problem is small ants around the kitchen faucet/sink area. And we occasionally find them on the floor of the kitchen if something that spilled is not wiped up. They are very tiny and cluster on the location they’re interested in – I don’t see them every day – several times a week – they seem to be originated around the bottom of the tile behind the sink, but of course I can’t be sure.
Please recommend what we need to use to get rid of these pests.
As explained in our ANT CONTROL ARTICLE, ants are an invasive pest that can easily get established around the home. Once they live close by the foundation, foraging workers will find their way inside. In the home they’ll commonly collect around the kitchen and bathroom. Most likely seeking water, the combination of nutrients and moisture is what they seek. To control the activity, our three prong approach is a smart way to deal with the problem.
In the home you should opt for one of our ant baits. The BAIT STATIONS or OPTIGARD GEL are working great right now. Use either where you see the activity and in most cases you’ll get quick acceptance. Upon sharing the bait with other members of their colony, the nest will be shut down. This approach is almost always needed when seeing ants inside. Since the risk of inside nests is always present, the outside treating alone will rarely solve the problem once you start seeing them inside. This is where the baiting can really help.
And since they no doubt came in from outside, it’s important you spray the exterior foundation with something like PHANTOM. This slow working concentrate works like the bait in that it won’t start to affect them for a few days after the walk over treated surfaces. And when it does kick in, the ants have no idea where it came from. Additionally, they won’t build up shyness to the active since they can’t sense it and won’t have any idea where it came from in the first place.
Now if you’re bold and prefer to spray, the new PHANTOM AEROSOL can be used inside in place of the bait. We’ve had good results with this product but it must be applied where you see activity. Like the liquid Phantom, this will only work if the ants walk over treated surfaces. Since you say you see them off and on, I’m not sure you’ll be able to make a good enough application inside to guarantee results. So in your situation, the bait inside might be better suited. Plus, based on where you are seeing the ants, the bait would no doubt be the safer product to use posing no hazard compared to the spray in what we consider to be a sensitive area.
Here are direct links to the information and products mentioned above:
Ant Control: http://www.bugspray.net/tiny-ants-in-home
Bait Stations: http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page2185.html
Phantom Concentrate: http://www.bugspray.com/item/phantom_insecticide.html
Phantom Aerosol: http://www.bugspray.com/item/phantom_aerosol.html