Uncovering the Mystery of Liquid Ant Killer

Ants, like anxieties, can seem manageable when they come in one at a time. Breathe, call a friend, walk around the block, pop a benzo.

But when they descend en masse, it can feel overwhelming. That’s where this liquid ant killer comes in. TERRO’s bait attracts and liquid ant killer you see, and the ones you don’t.

How Does It Work?

An ant infestation is a frustrating problem. One ant is a nuisance, but a colony of ants is an annoyance that’s harder to deal with than you think. Often, the only solution is to kill the entire colony using insecticides. Fortunately, liquid ant baits can help you achieve that without relying on harsh chemicals.

Liquid ant killer baits work by attracting foraging ants with a sweet liquid and killing them slowly with borax. The ants take the bait back to their colonies, sharing it with other foragers and the queen. The ant’s digestive system is interrupted, which slows down their metabolism, and the poison wreaks havoc on the colony.

Forager ants who find the bait leave behind pheromone trails leading right to it, so more and more foragers are drawn to it. This process repeats until the ant population is reduced significantly. You’ll usually see the number of ants decrease within a few days.

While a plethora of ant killers on the market, only Terro’s liquid ant bait contains the active ingredient sodium tetraborate decahydrate (better known as borax). It kills the ants that consume it by interfering with their digestive system. Small nests can be eliminated within 48 hours, while large colonies may require several weeks to die out completely. The ant killer also contains a bait stimulant and an odor attractant to draw in more foragers.

What Is It Made Of?

Ants are notoriously difficult to get rid of completely. Using sprays that target the pheromone trails can disrupt their ability to communicate with one another, but it is not a permanent solution. Wiping counters and pantry shelves, sweeping and vacuuming floors, storing food in sealed plastic containers, and caulking cracks and crevices can all help to limit ant activity around the home.

Liquid ant baits such as TERRO® work differently than granular insecticides. Bait ant killers contain ingredients that both attract ants and slowly interfere with their digestive systems, killing them over time. The active ingredient in TERRO liquid ant bait is sodium tetraborate decahydrate, more commonly known as borax. It works by attracting foraging ants to consume the bait, which they carry back to their nest and share with their fellow ants.

Because of the slow-kill action, ant baits can often be used around food and other sensitive areas without interrupting everyday activities. The baits are available in both liquid concentrate and pre-filled ant bait stations that can be placed wherever you see signs of ant infestation. When used as directed, TERRO products are safe for use in homes and other residential structures, office buildings, hospitals, restaurants, schools, warehouses, and other commercial and industrial facilities. Heavily infested areas may require more than one bait station placement.

How Do I Use It?

Ants, like anxieties, come in two quantities: one and infinity. While one ant may be a nuisance, many ants are an overwhelming infestation that can cause serious stress and discomfort. Fortunately, ants can be treated just like any other preoccupation: breathe, call a friend, walk around the block, pop a benzo — whatever. It just takes a little time and the right tool to help you beat them.

Liquid ant baits are the best way to stop a major ant infestation. They work by attracting foraging ants with an enticingly sweet liquid, which they eat and then take back to their colony, sharing it with other foragers. As ants make multiple trips to the bait, they also leave pheromone trails that lead other foragers to it, making it easy for them to find and consume.

The active ingredient in TERRO liquid ant killer is sodium tetraborate decahydrate, commonly known as borax. It’s a highly effective yet non-toxic chemical that kills ants by slowly interfering with their digestive system. In other words, ants are unable to properly digest and process food, so they die from starvation.

To use TERRO PCO Liquid Ant Bait, apply drops of the product directly from the bottle to the smooth side of the cardboard tiles included on the packaging and place them indoors near ant trails or where you see them invading your home, such as the edges of sinks, tubs, window sills, under food cabinets and along floors and baseboards. Keep an eye on the ant bait stations, making sure they remain full and undisturbed until ants are completely controlled.

How Long Will It Last?

Ant colonies are complex, so removing ants from the home doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a few days for workers to ingest the bait and take it back to the colony, where it spreads to all the other ants. It then takes a day or two for each ant to die. It may take several weeks to kill off the entire colony.

The pheromone trail left behind by the ants that eat the bait leads other ants to find it. Those ants then carry the bait to the nest, where the active ingredient in the product (borax) slowly interferes with their digestive system, ultimately killing them.

TERRO® Liquid Ant Baits are made with sugar to attract foraging ants and borax to kill them. The ant-attracting formula is safe for use indoors, making it ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, attics, and garages where ants and other pestemite like carpenter ants and cockroaches often invade.

The easy-to-use bait stations feature a new and improved snap-off tab design that makes opening and closing them a breeze. They are suitable for use in homes, apartments, condos, hospitals, schools, offices, restaurants, grocery stores, and other commercial buildings and can also be used outdoors near ant trails, runs, and other areas where ants, carpenter ants and cockroaches are found. Monitor bait stations regularly, but do not disturb ants or the baited area. Replace when the bait is depleted or as needed to achieve satisfactory control.

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