Ant baits are different than ant sprays even though they may contain similar ant killer ingredients. Whereas sprays work on contact and may provide residual activity, ant bait works from within the colony. When the ants discover the bait, they take it back to the nest where it's distributed among the colony, resulting in the death of every ant including the queen.
Types of Ant Baits
Baits come in gel and granular formulations and are made to target the ant's current dietary interests. Sometimes they want sugar; other times they want proteins. Using sugar- and protein-based gel and granular ant baits is an effective way to target ants no matter what food they desire at the moment.
Ingredients in Ant Bait
Ant bait ingredients work similarly to those found in ant sprays even if they use different ingredients. These ingredients act on the ant's nervous system, causing paralysis and death. Because the ants carry the bait to the colony, it spreads rapidly to every member and gets rid of an infestation quickly. Some common ant bait ingredients include:
Ant baits are often used in areas where you can't apply sprays and dusts, such as in kitchens. However, it's always important to read the labels carefully for exact instructions regarding areas of use, application rates and potential hazards.