They are some of the smallest insects on the planet, and they always manage to find their way into the most inconvenient places possible. What starts as only one or two turns into a sea of infestation. What are these crawling, creeping creatures? The tiniest of tiny, these are what homeowners hate to see under rugs and inside cabinets – ants!
What does a homeowner do to prevent or solve an ant infestation? With a multitude of products on the market to eliminate ants, some products must work better than others. From sprays to baits, which option provides the quickest, easiest, and safest solution to the ant infestation – Raid Ant Baits III or Spectracide Bug Stop Insect Killer spray?
With a claim like “Kills The Colony” and its roach-motel appearance, the Raid Ant Baits III seem a viable option for stopping ants in their tracks. By placing the baits in corners, along baseboards, and inside cabinets, ants are supposedly attracted to the baits and consume some of the bait food to take back to the ant nest. In turn, the ant that brought the feast home to the nest spreads the bait throughout the colony, thus killing the colony and eradicating the ant problem.
However, these baits have several limitations. First of all, the Raid Ant Baits III must be placed on horizontal surfaces, thus making it difficult to kill ants crawling up walls or other vertical or slanted surfaces. Secondly, the Raid Ant Baits III package states that consumers should “expect to see fewer ants within days” – a far cry for those looking for immediate results. In addition, Raid suggests replacing ant baits every three months to prevent ants from returning. Most importantly, even though the Raid Ant Baits III claim to be child-resistant, parents should store the baits out of reach of children. This poses another concern if ants are present in rooms with small children – can the ant baits be safely installed with children living and playing nearby?
While the Raid Ant Baits III may be a more permanent solution to a homeowner’s ant problems, what if the homeowner is hosting a dinner party or other social event? Certainly, there must be a better way to get rid of the ants quickly to ensure guests and family members are not alerted to the ant problem.
With “Guaranteed Results” and “Kills on Contact” prominently displayed on the spray-can, Spectracide Bug Stop Insect Killer promises results for up to eight weeks. The instructions for the spray recommend removing pets and children from the affected ant-infested areas before using the product, then ventilating after application and allowing the spray to dry before allowing pets and children to return. Unlike the Raid Ant Baits III, Spectracide Bug Stop Insect Killer also works on flying insects (such as houseflies, mosquitos, gnats, bees, and moths), crawling insects (such as cockroaches, silverfish, crickets, and spiders), ants, fleas, and ticks. Additionally, the product description claims the insect killer spray is safe to use on roses, dahlias, and several other garden plants to keep your garden fresh and healthy.
By spraying Spectricide Bug Stop Insect Killer on and around surfaces with crawling ants, the spray kills the ants instantly. What used to be tiny, scampering ants are now motionless, black dots. As a result, cleanup of the dead ants is certainly required to ensure pets and children do not come in contact with the residue. In comparison, the Spectracide Bug Stop Insect Killer spray proves to be a viable option with immediate results. In a matter of seconds, the unsightly ant problem turns into a simple cleanup operation.
For those looking for a quick and easy solution to an infestation of ants, Spectricide Bug Stop Insect Killer lives up to its name, killing ants on contact. While the spray may eradicate ants temporarily, homeowners may decide to combine the efforts of the two products to not only provide an immediate response, but also ensure a more permanent solution. In fact, some homeowners report many ants by-pass the Raid Ant Baits III in favor of the garbage-can or other targeted items around the house. With such a “no vacancy” at these Raid “ant motels,” Spectricide Bug Stop Insect Killer puts an end to the ants on vacation in your kitchen, bathroom, or garage.
Whichever option you choose, whether Raid Ant Baits III, Spectricide Bug Stop Insect Killer, or any other insecticide product, be sure to use common sense to ensure the safety of pets and family members. Follow all instructions and precautions to not only prevent inadvertent harm to loved ones, but also to solve the problem of those pesky, pillaging ants.