Mike Red

Mike is the owner and founder of Reliable Termite Solutions with over 25+ years of experience.

Can Over-the-Counter Products Effectively Get Rid of Ants?

Dealing with ants in homes can be a nuisance, and many people turn to store-bought products for a quick fix. But do these products really work well in keeping ants away?

Learning About Ant Behavior

If you want to keep ants in check, it's key to know a little about how they work. Ants use scent trails to talk to each other and lead their group to food and back home. These trails are super important for the ants to stay organized and thrive. The number of ants you see represents only a tiny fraction of the entire ant colony.

How well do over-the-counter products work?

Over-the-counter ant control products are usually meant to kill ants on contact. While they can help reduce the number of visible ants and provide temporary relief, they don't solve the root of the issue. When you spray an ant trail with these products, you might kill some ants and disrupt their trails, but without getting rid of the nest and the rest of the ants, they'll likely come back.

Locate and Treat The Nests

When dealing with ants, it's important to find and get rid of their main home, called a nest. This can be tough, but it's the best way to keep them away for good. Keep an eye out for signs of nests near your house, like lines of ants leading to certain areas around your home.

Most Effective OTC Treatments

When you discover an ant nest, over-the-counter (OTC) products can help a lot. You can use sprays or baits directly on the nest, depending on the type of ant. OTC baits are especially helpful for dealing with small ant problems or for getting rid of any ants wandering around after you've dealt with the nest.

How are OTC products different from the Professional ones?

Professional ant control products work in a way that allows the ants to carry the product back to their nest. This spreads the product and eventually kills the entire ant colony. These professional treatments are more effective for serious ant problems.


Over-the-counter (OTC) products can be really helpful in getting rid of ants in your home if you use them the right way. To get the best results, find where the ants are coming from and use the products there. If you have a lot of ants or they keep coming back, it's best to call professional pest control. Just use OTC products carefully, as well using exclusion methods, and soon your home will be ant-free.

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