It’s that time of year when ants come out to play. And they do play on your front porch, in your kitchen, and everywhere else you don’t want them to be. But this article is not about getting rid of ants, but rather the best outdoor ant killer for those pesky backyard insects. This article will provide information about different types of ant killers for outdoor use and some things to consider before using an outdoor ant killer.
Keep in mind that certain factors may decide which type of insecticide is best for what situations: whether it be a poison bait or granular form, etc., how big an area one needs to cover, and also if children and pets roam around either playing or just hanging out.
A significant factor that should be considered is whether or not the local government has restrictions on what can and can’t be used for pest control within a city/town/municipality. Some areas have banned certain chemicals from being used in lawns to avoid water contamination and other specific reasons, so it would also help know if such restrictions exist where you live before using any insecticide.
If you are trying to keep your yard pesticide-free, there are several alternatives.
There are all-natural ways of ridding yourself of ants without using any insecticide.
When landscaping or planting new plants, many people can tell how successful their efforts were by observing whether or not certain flowers and roots repel insects like ants. For instance, sprinkling cinnamon on the place where the ants are coming into your home is said to prevent them from reentering. If they do come in afterward, though, it will not kill them but merely disrupt their path for a short period until they go away or find another way in. Specific vegetation may need to be planted first before an ant problem so that once you do have such a problem, you can see which ones do and don’t work.
There are two main types of insecticides: poison bait and granular form. If the natural remedies seem to be failing, then an outdoor ant killer may need to take place. Outdoor ant killers keep ants from entering places where they would like to go, such as your kitchen or bathrooms. But it won’t kill them once they’re already in your home; only make them stop going where they want to go for a while until they find another means of getting there.
Bait is generally something that ants eat but will die after ingesting, such as the poison known as boric acid. It is usually put into small containers with traps or lids on them. Some bait boxes may come with the poison already put into small holes in a block of plastic placed inside a jar.
The granular form works more like an outdoor pesticide type, meaning it kills on contact rather than having to ingest it or touch something that has been treated. Different granular insecticides depend on whether the ants wander around aimlessly, climb plants and trees, or dig underground tunnels. The active ingredients in granules include abamectin, a naturally occurring soil bacterium known as Bacillus thuringiensis or delta endotoxins. Granules generally work better if they cover a larger area since ants will find other food sources when there isn’t enough available.