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What Do Exterminators Use For Ants?

November 11, 2022 Jessica Carpenter Pest control
What Do Exterminators Use For Ants?

Ants can create colonies in various outdoor settings and commonly penetrate properties in search of food or water. If you have an ant problem—especially if they are already setting up house in your walls or other nooks and crannies—it’s important to deal with them swiftly before they multiply out of control!

Like most homeowners, you may have questions about how this process works. One of the most common concerns is what chemicals exterminators use to kill ants—it’s important to know what these are so that you can feel comfortable with the procedure.

Boric Acid

One of the most frequently used chemicals in pest control is boric acid. Typically, it disperses as a powder throughout the home. In addition to being used to kill ants, it is also effective against termites and cockroaches. Because of its sweetness, boric acid draws ants. Then when it is digested, it poisons their stomachs. Even better, the ants mistake the boric acid for sugar when they bring it back to their nest, poisoning their species.

Piperonyl Butoxide

Piperonyl butoxide is an additive used to increase the potency of many pesticides, despite not being a poison on its own. Ants’ metabolism is slowed down by piperonyl butoxide, which makes them more vulnerable to poison. There is a good chance that your exterminator will add Piperonyl Butoxide to the mix if they use any of the pesticides mentioned above.


Numerous pests, including ants, crickets, silverfish, and cockroaches, are killed by hydramethylnon slowly but effectively. The ants won’t be instantly killed by hydramethylnon. Instead, it kills them gradually over a few days, allowing the ants plenty of time to transport a large quantity of the chemicals back to their nest. Over time, this will kill many ants, eventually solving your problem entirely.


Since it is less toxic than hydramethylnon, fipronil is a suitable poison. An ant’s nervous system is attacked by fipronil when it comes into contact with an ant. Ants are known to frequent ant nests and entry points, so fipronil is typically placed there. Numerous pests, including ants, beetles, ticks, cockroaches, and fleas, are drawn to the moldy smell of fipronil.

How Exterminators Eliminate Ant Infestations?

When homeowners hire an exterminator to solve pest problems, they must first determine the source of the infestation and find out why it happened. Exterminators must identify the type of ant causing concern before taking any action. Once they have determined that a problem exists, the next step is to assess it and identify what type of treatment will eliminate the issue. To offer tailored solutions for their customers, they must collect as much data as possible on each client. For instance, the treatment used to eliminate ant hills and other pests can harm children, pets, and adults; therefore, it’s necessary to consider these concerns before taking action. The exterminator will recommend the safest treatment—one that is both effective and non-poisonous.

Final Thoughts

Exterminators may use different chemicals to eradicate ants, depending on the situation. Multiple treatments may be needed if a particular ant species have developed an immunity to one of those chemicals. Contact a professional for advice and assistance if you need help with an ant problem. At Vinx Pest Control, we’ll clean up the ant infestation quickly, efficiently, and safely and ensure that the ants don’t return.