• Determine what the ants are attracted to and remove the food source.

• Vacuum trails, wipe them with soapy water, or spray with window cleaner.

• Locate entry points then caulk openings or plug with petroleum jelly.

• Put out bait stations or apply gel bait at entry points.

• Baits take time to work, so continue to clean up trails.

• Indoor sprays aren’t usually necessary.

• Call the Bugyman to help determine what kind of ant and a plan to stop the invasion.

Credit: AUTHORS: M. K. Rust, Entomology, UC Riverside; and D.-H. Choe, Entomology, UC Riverside.

This material is partially based upon work supported by the Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under special project Section 3(d), Integrated Pest Management.

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