Combat those Ants (Source Kill Max up for grabs)

by Pam on August 29, 2012

‘“Are you having problems with ants this year?” Believe it or not, I ‘ve had several friends and family members ask me this question. Ants seem to be invading homes all over our area. I had never had a problem with ants in our home until this year. Unlike friends and family members, who had spent the summer complaining about ants competing with them for valuable kitchen space, I had been blissfully undisturbed. Sure, we have a large mound of fire ants out in the back yard that we try to destroy, unsuccessfully, every year, but nothing on the inside until a month ago.

My daughter, reclining on the love seat one evening, asked me, “Do we have ants?” “Nope,” I said, “never have.” “Then what are these things?” she queried. Imagine my surprise to see a trail of ants emerging from under my love seat. I tried the usual method, smushing them, but found more the next day. I decided to “up my game” and use Combat: Source Kill Max Ant Bait traps.

These bait traps came in a package of six and contain Fipronil, a powerful insecticide. Ants are drawn to the bait and carry the poison back to the queen and the colony, destroying the entire colony. The bait traps are child resistant but they do come with a warning that says “Do not allow children or pets to play with bait stations.” With that in mind, I hid my trap under the loveseat to prevent any mishaps. Before I placed it under the loveseat, I killed all the ants I saw and cleaned the entire area. I haven’t seen any ants since that time. I plan on sharing the rest of the traps with my in-laws and a couple of friends who are complaining ants have made it into their kitchen. Since the ants are coming in around the windows, they can place the traps on the sill away from any food items.

The traps are advertised as not having an odor but I did smell a faint odor when I opened the package and was holding the trap. It is not strong and doesn’t leave a pesticide odor in the air when the trap is placed in position. Combat Source Kill Max can be found at most mass retailers. Want to try it for yourself? I found a $1.00 coupon.

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Pam is a former teacher turned work from home mom. When she's not caring for her kids or cats, she can be found whipping up tasty recipes, trying her hand at the newest techie gadgets or reading. She loves to travel whenever she has a chance and spends way too much time on the computer sharing her experiences.

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eclairre August 29, 2012 at 4:44 am

I haven’t really tried yet! I just bug spray every so often.


Sandy VanHoey August 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm

We have used Raid max and sprayed around the home


Darci August 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm

I have tried hot pepper, and sugar water in a tiny top bottle so they get stuck


Debbie Ellis August 30, 2012 at 2:20 am

I have tried Raid spray, and mopping with Vinegar. Still have them.


JR911 August 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Mostly the liquid drops and ant baits…nothing works :(


ehhogan August 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm

We spray outside and set out ant poison inside


llinda29 August 31, 2012 at 12:05 am

bug spray


Grace Hodgin August 31, 2012 at 12:13 am

We make our own with borax.


nightowl August 31, 2012 at 10:50 am

We have tried Borax.


bison61 August 31, 2012 at 12:49 pm

we have tried nothing-we do have ants around our porch

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tarter95 August 31, 2012 at 8:53 pm

I usually use Terro and like it.
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Ciara B. September 1, 2012 at 2:50 am

sprayed outside the house


amanda hoffman September 2, 2012 at 1:06 am

dollar store ant baits lol


Teresa September 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm

I’ve used ant sprays but the ants sometimes come back.


Danielle September 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm

So far the most (temporarily) successful thing I’ve tried is black pepper. Apparently it must be repeated every so often- but they can’t stand the smell!


Tamar September 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Bug spray.


coriwestphal September 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I tried a ton of homemade concoctions like borax and lemon juice and peppermint oil. None work!

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c allen September 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm

i have poured boiling water on the mound outside thanks crystal allen


Terri September 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm

We have ant problems at certain times of the year. I love these little traps! So discreet!


Laura Unger September 11, 2012 at 10:06 pm

I’ve tried baby powder, it worked for a day or so.


Valerie Taylor Mabrey September 12, 2012 at 6:47 pm

wrigleys gum
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Nicole C. September 12, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Right now, I am using a homemade mixture of water, sugar, and boric acid. It is working pretty well, so far.



8KidzForMe September 13, 2012 at 12:58 am

Spray, bait traps and borax. Nothing has worked.
~Sandra U.


bbrittbrat1398 September 13, 2012 at 2:49 am
susansmoaks September 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm

i have used ant poison
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natashagt September 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm

We used terro in the past to get rid of ants and it works great but its really hard to find!

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Kirby McCauley September 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I tried a bowl of vinegar. It killed the ones I had, but didn’t deter more from coming.


Chrissy Nestor September 13, 2012 at 5:09 pm

We use some ant powder poison.

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cassandra September 13, 2012 at 6:07 pm

We have tried a spray and it keeps them pesky guys away for awhil but they find their way back.
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Jennifer Peaslee September 13, 2012 at 7:11 pm

We’ve gotten this indoor/outdoor spray and sprayed it around the perimeter of everything


Caitlin McClure September 13, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I used vinegar. It worked for a while, got rid of their tracks. but they came back.


MELINA September 13, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Raid ant spray


Gianna September 14, 2012 at 1:18 am

Ant poison and traps.


Amy September 14, 2012 at 3:26 am

I’ve tried a vinegar solution and Raid spray.


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