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How Long Does It Take Ant Bait To Work?

Ant traps are one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to deal with a minor ant infestation. If you happen to see a few ants in your home, ant traps are an ideal solution.


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There’s no definitive amount of time that ant traps take to work, but depending on the brand, chemicals and size of your ant infestation, your home could be ant free in a matter of days to a few months. That being said, if after 2 weeks you still see ants in your home, it’s recommended that you contact an exterminator, as there may be too many ants for over-the-counter ant traps to successfully kill.

How Do Ant Traps Work?

To put it simply, ant traps are little contraptions that contain a chemical that attract ants, as well as a chemical that kills ants. Ants mistake these chemicals as food and bring it back to their anthills, where many other ants will eat it. The poison (usually boric acid) in the ant trap kills them over time.

So How Long Does It Actually Take For Ant Bait To Kill Ants?

Once ingested, the ant bait doesn’t take long to kill the ants. However, you may still find ants after a few days because the new wave of baby ants (larvae) have now grown up and have not been exposed to the ant poison yet. So depending on the size of the ant infestation, it can take anywhere from 3 days to 2 months, and there’s no guarantee ant traps will completely get rid of ants.

What Else Can I Do To Get Rid Of Ants, Along With Ant Bait Traps?

There are some other things you could do in conjunction with ant traps to help get rid of ants. For example, sweep up any crumbs on the floor and counter. Make sure your food is sealed or properly put away. Ants love anything they can eat, so the more food they can find, the more they’ll show up.

Ant traps usually get rid of ants quickly if you have a small ant infestation. However, sometimes ants just won’t go and you need a professional to get rid of them. If you’ve tried ant bait traps and still have ants, contact Magical Pest today at (800) 338-2072 to find a solution to get rid of ants for good.

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