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Ants are the leading household pest in the United States. They usually live outdoors in colonies, but they may forage — and potentially nest — indoors. Once ants establish outdoor colonies and indoor foraging routes, constant invasions can result. Small common ants, such as Argentine ants, odorous house ants and pavement ants, quickly become big problems. Stopping ants before they get inside is essential to protecting your home.

Ant Identification: Ants vary in size and color, with some large ants growing up to 1/2 inch in length or more. But small, common ants that typically measure 1/10 to 1/8 inch long are often the biggest troublemakers. Ants vary in color from light golden brown to dark brown-black. All have elbow-like, bent antennae. Foraging worker ants are wingless, but reproductive ants have wings.

Signs/Damage of Ants: Small ant mounds in your lawn or beside sidewalks signal ant nests below. Large numbers of visible ants indicate populations may be out of hand. Ants are more than embarrassing nuisances. Outdoors, they disrupt family activities and complicate problems with pests such as aphids and scale. Once indoors, they can damage your home, contaminate food and even spread disease.

How to Control Ants: Effective treatment of outdoor ants is your best protection against ant problems indoors and out. GardenTech® brand offers several highly effective controls that kill common ants by contact and keep protecting against invasions for up to three months:

  • Sevin® Insect Killer Ready to Use makes targeted ant treatments simple. Adjust the spray nozzle to widen or narrow the stream, and then spray affected plants or outdoor surfaces thoroughly.
  • Sevin® Insect Killer Ready to Spray attaches easily to a common garden hose to treat your home's perimeter and foundation. Use the non-staining formula to treat lawn areas and foundation plantings, and spray your home's foundation up to a maximum height of 3 feet.
  • Sevin® Insect Killer Granules create a band of protection around your home. Broadcast the granules as spot treatments in problem areas or use a regular lawn spreader for uniform coverage around your home's perimeter or throughout your lawn.

Tip: Follow lines of marching ants and they'll lead you to nests, entry points and plants in need of treatment. Keep your home's foundation free of holes and cracks to help protect against indoor invasions.

Always read product labels and follow the instructions carefully.

GardenTech is a registered trademark of Gulfstream Home and Garden, Inc.

Sevin is a registered trademark of Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc.

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