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Pavement Ants: Why Pavement Ant Bait Doesn’t Work

Zach C
Zach C

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Pavement ants can quickly become a problem when food and shelter are found around your home. You may be tempted to try using ant bait as it is a seemingly quick and easy fix. Although using ant bait may seem like the simple option, it is often an ineffective form of pest control due to ant resistance, placement issues, bait contamination, and bad weather. Skip the bait and save time and money by using Bug Box today!

Inadequate & Ineffective Bait

Pavement ant bait doesn’t last forever as a pest control solution. Overtime, ant baits expire and become inadequate and ineffective to get rid of your pavement ant infestation. Also, if the ant bait is stored improperly, it will not be effective to get rid of pavement ants. For example, ant bait loses its effectiveness if stored at extreme temperatures or in humid locations. As there are many types of ant bait on the market that use different active ingredients, each with a varying level of effectiveness, some will exhibit more ant resistance than others. Overall, using ant bait is not an effective pest control solution.

Why Doesn't Pavement Ant Bait Work

Resistance to the bait because of other food sources

One reason pavement ant bait is not an effective pest control solution is because of the likelihood ants will become resistant to the bait. Here a few ways pavement ants can become resistant to bait:

  1. Overuse– When ant bait is overused as your main pest control solution, ants can develop a tolerance and its effectiveness will diminish overtime.
  2. Gene mutation– Some of the active ingredients used in baits may not affect certain ants, causing them to resist the bait and survive. These ants will be able to reproduce and pass along their resistance to future ant colonies.
  3. Other food sources– When there are other food sources competing for the attention of hungry pavement ants, they are less likely to eat the bait.
1) Why doesn't pavement ant bait work - Resistance to pavement ant bait

Placement of baits

Another reason why pavement ant bait is often ineffective is because of the bait placement. If the bait is not placed along the direct path where the ants forage for food, water, or shelter, it will not attract the ants to the right spot to take the bait and bring it back to the nest. If there are not enough ants that come across the bait, they will not effectively kill off the entire colony. It is also important to note that ant bait should not be touched or moved once it is placed, so placement can be especially difficult if pavement ants have been found in high traffic areas in or around your home. For these reasons we highly suggest using other pest control solutions for your pavement ant infestations.

2) Why doesn't pavement ant bait work - Placement of baits

Contamination of bait

Pavement ant bait can quickly become useless if it becomes contaminated. Ant bait contamination can occur in several ways:

  • Physical– Dust, dirt, and other debris can affect the effectiveness of the bait which can make it less attractive to ants.
  • Chemical– If using ant bait in high traffic areas around your home, other chemicals such as cleaners, sprays and other aerosols can affect the bait.
  • Bacteria growth– Overtime, and depending on the location of the ant bait, bacteria or fungi can grow on the bait causing it to spoil and be less appealing to ants.
  • Moisture– If any moisture is present near the ant bait, the poison can become contaminated and the consistency of the bait can make it less attractive to ants and fail to control the colony.
3) Why doesn't pavement ant bait work - contamination of pavement ant bait

Poor weather conditions

One of the main ways ant bait can become contaminated and ineffective is by poor weather conditions. When any moisture is present such as humid or rain, the ant bait consistency can change causing it to be less attractive to ants. Ant bait can also become moist indoors in common places where ants are found such as in bathrooms or around pipes. In addition, extreme temperatures can affect the active ingredients used in ant bait making it less effective to ants. Also, ants may not be as active during the extreme temperatures which will reduce the amount of exposure to the bait making the process of killing the colony take a lot longer. Considering that the places where ants are commonly found in and around homes, it can be hard to place bait in a place where the temperature and moisture levels are stable. This causes ant bait to be an ineffective pest control solution.

4) Why doesn't pavement ant bait work - Poor weather conditions

Other solutions (DIY Pest Control)

Using ant bait to get rid of pavement ants may seem like a low cost and simple solution, although, there are many other pest control solutions that are more effective to solve your pavement ant problems. DIY pest control is our recommended solution for all your pest needs and especially for pavement ants. Here are some reasons DIY pest control, like Bug Box, is the right solution for you:

Quick results- Using DIY pest control works a lot faster to get rid of pavement ants compared to ant bait. Ant bait uses a slow-acting poison to eventually kill off a colony, while DIY pest control can kill ants on the spot and keep them away for months.

Safe- Ant baits contain dangerous chemicals so they should not be placed where kids or pets could handle them. DIY pest control is safe to be used in high-traffic areas around your home after it dries so you don’t have to wait around and worry about ant bait getting into the wrong paws or hands.

Long lasting- DIY pest control is a long lasting solution to kill present ants and maintain an ant-free space for months to come. Bug Box’s solution lasts for months at a time so you can relax and know the ants are taken care of.

Convenient- When using DIY pest control, you don’t have to constantly monitor ant bait stations and hope they are doing their job. When using Bug Box, you can spend as little as 10-15 minutes every three months to create a bug-free barrier around the perimeter of your home to keep pavement ants away and hundreds of other common bugs!

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Zach C

Zach C

Zach is a licensed professional pest control expert with over 8 years of experience. Zach has a passion for DIY pest control and helping others become pest-free. When Zach isn't writing about DIY pest control he is riding his dirt bike, skiing, or enjoying the great outdoors with his wife and kids.

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