Finding ants inside your house can be upsetting and demoralizing. Sometimes, even the cleanest kitchens might draw these tenacious intruders.
Ant traps with a bait material are frequently suggested as a solution when considering how to get rid of these pests.
Ant traps are tools that combine an insecticide with a mixture of foods that ants find tasty (including proteins, carbs, and lipids).
However, because many people assume that ants will enter the traps and never leave them, the phrase “ant traps” might be deceiving.
The aim is for the ants to eat the bait within the trap and then head back to their colonies.
The majority of individuals are unaware of how slowly baits work. When we use pesticides, we anticipate a quick reaction, but baits are not like sprays.
It’s actually a good thing that baits don’t immediately kill the ants. A good bait is one that the ants can consume and return to the colony after some time has passed.
Bait Stations get to work right away, but it also depends on how big the colony is. Larger colonies may take up to a week or slightly more to die, whilst smaller colonies may do so in a matter of hours.
Ants must bring the bait back to the colony to distribute to the queen, other worker ants, and other ants. The entire mound stops and dies once the queen consumes it because she is no longer able to reproduce.
Knowing how ant traps operate, you probably want to know when to replace them and how to check them. To find out, continue reading the article!
How Long Do Ant Traps Last For?
It depends on the size of the ant colony. If the ant colony is large, you will need to replace the liquid in three months or less because the colony may have consumed it all.
They won’t consume a lot of liquid if the ant colony is small. However, after some time, you still need to replace it.
When you first apply TERRO® liquid ant bait, it is clear. However, as time passes, you could notice that it gradually starts to turn yellow or even brown.
When sugar is exposed to air, particles, or warm temperatures, it starts to crystallize, and the color changes. Although a change in consistency may do so, a change in color alone may not render anything ineffectual.
When first mixed, TERRO® liquid ant bait should have a pourable consistency that is similar to pancake syrup. As the sugar crystallizes, you could see that the bait has thickened over time.
It is important to switch to fresh bait if your TERRO® Liquid Ant Killer becomes challenging to pour or if your liquid ant baits seem to have hardened.
Ants can move, absorb, and distribute liquids the easiest; therefore, baiting an ant colony with a solid or gel-like bait is less effective.
If the bait hardens or if you have had the same bait for more than a year, you should replace it with fresh bait.
Despite taking longer to work, bait traps can be more successful than ant repellant or ant spray for getting rid of a small ant problem.
For a while, ant repellents will stop ants from coming inside your house. The ants will, however, probably return after the repellant loses its potency.
Sprays also won’t travel back to the colony, which is typically the source of the infestation, unlike ant traps.
So, even if ant baits take a lot of time and effort to replace, they are still a better option.
How Often Do You Replace Ant Traps?
The Terro PCO Ant Bait Stations don’t actually have an expiration date because the active ingredient’s potency does not wane with time.
But like any food-based product, the bait may lose some of its appeal to foraging ants over a lengthy period of storage. If your stations have been in place for longer than two years, we advise using fresh bait.
The T300 TERRO® Liquid Ant Baits need to be changed every three months. If this bait becomes hardened or if you have had it for longer than a year, you should replace it with fresh bait.
The ants eat a lot of the bait before returning to the nest to distribute it to the rest of the colony.
Depending on the size of the colony, this procedure could take a few days to many weeks. Within 24 to 48 hours after eating the bait, each ant will perish.
We suggest you check your ant bait often and if you find your ant bait empty, make sure to refill it.
Bait traps can be more effective than ant spray or repellent for eliminating a minor ant problem, although taking longer to work.
Ant repellents will keep ants from entering your home for a period. However, the ants will undoubtedly reappear after the repellent loses its effectiveness.
In addition, unlike ant traps, sprays won’t return to the colony, which is often the source of the issue.
Ant baits are therefore still a superior choice even though replacing them requires a lot of time and work.
How Do You Know When An Ant Bait Trap Is Empty?
You may peek inside the openings on the bait station to check if there is a substance that resembles a yellow gel there.
It is empty and needs to be replaced with a fresh bait station if the substance is no longer there.
We advise changing indoor bait stations after three months of use and outdoor bait stations after six weeks. However,
The other option you can do is turn the station on its side while holding it in your hands. You can see a distinct line halfway up the side, indicating that there is plenty of bait at the station.
This suggests that the bait station’s capacity has been achieved. If you can’t see that line anymore, the bait station needs to be replaced.
Make sure you supply enough bait and check it frequently to prevent depletion.
Before enough bait has been dispersed throughout the colony, the ants may abandon that region and move to another if they take all of the bait away before you return.