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As I have said in a review for slug pellets, I get many pests in my gardens and really suffer with ants. I tend to find out about them when I mow my lawn and I see millions of ants scurrying about. Ant powder kills the ones that I can see but nothing seems to kill the nest. I tried mixing bleach with boiling water and pouring it directly onto the nests and this works for a while but they always come back.
I decided to try this ant bait station and along with ant powder, it is very effective.
I paid around £5 for the bait stations and around £3 for some ant powder. £8 in total to kill off my ants, not bad in my opinion!
+++Directions for use+++
They are very easy to use, you remove them from the packaging and slide the bait station into the "On" position by rotating the top of the product. This opens the doors and lets ants go in and take the poison.
Basically these work by giving poison to the ants who they go back into their nest and with any luck, this should kill the nest.
+++Advice for ant destruction+++
I have found by doing the following, you get better results.
- Place bait station in an area on the ground where they are quite a few ants.
- Find where the nest is.
- Cover the area in ant powder.
- After a few days, put more ant powder down.
By doing the above not only do you kill the majority with ant powder. Any ants that survive this will hopefully be killed by the bait station.
Working together with ant powder I have seen some great results. Not 100% but a huge improvement. I don't think i'll ever be able to get rid of them altogether but this definitely has helped.
As the weather has become warmer we've had a little bit of trouble with ants coming into the house. We've made sure that no food is left out, and that surfaces and floors are clean, but still they seem to like wondering about. We initially used a powder ant killer, which worked, but which left white powder all over the floor, and we found that once the powder was swept up, the ants returned. We did however locate how they were getting in, and decided that this time, we'd try a less messy solution, these bait stations which cost £2 for 2, and which I've seen in most supermarkets.
Essentially, these are small circles covered with bait, that you place near the point of entry. The ants are then attracted to the poisoned bait, which they then take back with them to the nest, where it poisons a greater number. If I'm honest, I would rather use a deterrent than an actual poison, but have yet to find one that is effective . However, the good thing is the ants take the poison back to the nest and die there, so you don't have lots of little ant bodies lying about.
It took a few days before I noticed a reduction in the number of ants around, and after about a week and half I saw none at all, so it certainly does work, though it is not as instant an effect as the powder.
This got rid of my ant problem entirely, though I have left the disks in place (the point of entry was behind the washing machine, so they are out of sight, and well away from anywhere my cat or children can get to). They got rid of the ants much more cleanly than the powder, with no mess caused, and for that reason I would certainly recommend these over other products I have tried. 5 stars.
We have been unfortunate enough to find ourselves with an ant problem this Spring. We first noticed a few in our hallway and then our kitchen, at first we ignored them hoping they were strays, but the numbers started to grow and we had to take action against them. We have pets so needed a solution which wouldn't pose any danger to them, we opted for these Ant Stop bait stations after comparing various products. I paid £4.48 for a pack of two stations from B&Q, although I saw them for cheaper in Sainsbury's yesterday!
The Bair Stations come attached to a cardboard sheet and you just pull them off. They are black and made of plastic. They measure around 11cm across and around 2cm tall. They have 'ANTSTOP!' on a red sticker on the top, this is a little annoying as it takes away the chance to be discreet with them if you have guests visiting. A less obvious label would be nicer. The stations have a raised cross over the top of them, and at each corner there is a small plastic nib which you need to snap off (pliers would be handy, but you'll manage without) this will reveal a slit where the ants can enter the bait station.
Each station contains a bait very attractive to ants, the idea is that they will collect the bait and take it back to their nest to share with the other ants, including the queen. The bait will eventually kill the colony of ants. The packaging states that activity outside of the nest should stop within 3-6 days and the whole colony should be eliminated in 1-3 weeks. The bait contains 0.05% w/w Fipronil. This is a slow acting poison and you may recognise it as the active ingredient in some pet spot on treatments to prevent/kill fleas.
Each bait station should be enough to cover a 10m² area, and should last up to 3 months. As we were finding ants in our hallway and kitchen we placed a bait station in each. It is important that you place the station where you see ants, ideally in their path. I noticed immediately that the ants were attracted to the station and within a few hours were happily going to and thro from it. I was expecting the bait to take a few days before I noticed a decline in the number or ants, but 24 hours later and there was only the odd ant left - 48 hours later and no sign of any. We have left the bait stations down and have not seen any other ants since. I was very surprised at how quickly it worked.
The packaging states that you should check the bait station regularly and that remaining bait should be visible, however I couldn't spot it at all in new or used stations so found this a little difficult. Used bait stations should be disposed of safely. They are dangerous to fish and aquatic life so care should be taken if you keep either of these. Please read al precautions before using the product, and please use with care.
Although I never like to use products which kill animals, these bait stations saved us from an ant invasion and work very quickly at a very reasonable price. I would really recommend using them if you have an ant problem, they come in a pack of two so if you only need one you'll have a spare just incase. 5/5 stars for me as they allowed us to sort out the ant problem without interfering with our pets.
I have always relied on Nippon in the past to repel ants from the getting into the house however a freind recommended this less visible deterrent that does not mean you have to have white powder all over the place. Bait Station cost me £1.99 for a pack of two. What I like about these are that they are fairly unobtrusive little black dics, about the size of a can lid. The idea is that you place the traps in the area where the ants are accessing your home, they can also be used outside however they need to be a sheltered place away from the elements are are likely to be less effective, they are mainly intended for use in the home.
The aim is to lure the ants to remove the bait thinking that it is food and taking it back to the nest and passing the poison around to the other ants and hatching lavee in the next there by wiping out the whole nest. The poison is masked by a sugary solution which is what attracts the ants to the trap. There are four access holes on the side of the trap and it is as simple as just setting teh trap and leaving it to do its job.
I was very impressed with how quickly we saw results with this device, the ants had been getting into the conservatory but not the main part of the house so I placed both devices into that area and within a couple of days there was a marked reduction in the number of ants that were seen walking across the tiles and within a week there was no trace at all. This is the only way you can see that the trap is working as the ants take the bait back to the nest and it takes time to work so you do not find dead ants around the trap as they have rerturned to the nest to die.
It is advisable to keep the area around the trap clear and clean as you do not want any other food source attracting the ants away from the trap. You also need to make sure that little fingers do not get hold of the traps either and that pets do not get near them, this for me is another issue with leaving them outside as other garden species could interact with the trap. These work really well and you hardly notice that they have been deployed so I would certainly recommend them as a good ant deterrent.
Having been plagued all year in the kitchen and the patio, after just a few days use the ants have disappeared..Brilliant - this really works
The recent warm weather has been very good for ants, with their breeding cycle being accelerated, getting them ready for their mating flights weeks earlier than usual. I had a 'close encounter' with an ant colony recently when I returned home to find my living room a seething, crawling mass of worker ants on the lookout for food!
There were literally hundreds of them crawling about near the window area which faces the back garden. I could see piles of cement dust under the window where the busy little workers had excavated their passageways.
I love wildlife, and would never harm ants in the garden, but this was a bit close for comfort! How to get rid of several hundred moving ants, though? I quickly got my Dyson vacuum cleaner, attached the flat suction attachment to the hose, and proceeded to suck up the ants. It worked, within a couple of minutes, all the ants were moving around the Dyson's 'dirt bag'. Emptying it was fun, though!
I knew that removing the visible ants would only be a temporary respite; the colony would contain hundreds more, with the queen laying more eggs every day that would grow into more workers.
Fortunately, I'd prepared for this summer's ant invasion. I had a packet of Antstop Bait Stations. These come as a pack of two. The bait station is a round flat cylinder with four ant sized holes in. The station contains a bait that attracts the ants to it and an insecticide that the ants inadvertently take back to the colony.
The insecticide, Fipronil is a slow acting insect poison, so is transferred to other ants in the colony, poisoning them also. Once an ant has found a food source, it is able to 'direct' other workers to it. The poison is therefore carried back repeatedly to the nest, slowly poisoning the whole colony.
Within three to six days, the whole colony will be dead. This was the case with my 'outbreak'. Ants were seen for the first couple of days entering and leaving the bait station, then nothing. My invasion had been halted.
The Antstop Bait Station is a superbly implemented product for two reasons. Firstly, unlike many ant powders, it does not kill the ants immediately, so they're able to take the poison back to the colony. Secondly, again unlike ant powders, the insecticide is sealed inside a container which only the ants can get at.
The Bait Station is made of quite thick plastic so would be almost impossible for a child to get into, and difficult for most pets, also. This means that the Antstop Bait Station is much safer to use than other insecticide products. Its design means that it can be placed anywhere; putting under a settee, for example will ensure that children and pets cannot get anywhere near it.
Although the poison is sealed inside the Bait Station, I would advise washing your hands if you handle it once it's in use (tiny amounts of the insecticide might be transferred to the case by the ants).
Fibronil is deadly to fishes, however. I would be cautious of using this anywhere near an aquarium in case the poison carrying ants fall into the water and are eaten by the fish (Fibronil is so toxic that even this small amount could pose a risk to aquarium fishes).
The Bait Stations remain effective for up to three months so they can be left in place throughout the summer (or stored away) in case another colony decides that your home is their home!
The pack of two Antstop Bait Stations costs around £4.00. This is great value for money to ensure an ant free house.
last summer we had a really bad problem with ants.they seemed to be coming from every tinyhole and corner in the house. infact we found they were coming in the air vent in the back of the gas meter box fixed on the outside wall.
i tired everything to get rid of them. from ant powder, flour, bleach everything you can think of any nothing was working.
i told my friend how bad it was(believe me it was bad i had ant climbing my curtains,running around the floor every 5 mins YUK! not good with a crawling baby too) she mentioned these and said she would get me a couple to try and see if they worked.
A few days later they arrived in the post as they didnt sell them near me my friend had to send me some haha. i put one in the meter box out side and one on the floor in the corner of the room and i didnt see a single ant since that day. they all went straight for the bait station!
there excellent and a really good buy if you have ant problems
It is that time of year again, we have a little bit of sunshine and the ants decide to come out to play. Having recently sorted the garden out I must have disturbed a nest and found that I had an army of ants walking not only outside my front door but also in a line across my living room.
I found that they were coming into the house through a tiny crack by the front door, so needed an ant killer that would work fast. I didn't fancy sprinkling ant powder as this would have had to be put inside the porch and didn't want it to make a mess, so I bought Ant Stop! Bait Station from Tesco. They are available in a pack of two Bait Stations from the Gardening section and costs £2.34.
Ant Stop! Bait Station is a round black circle about the site of the top of a Jam jar, with 4 holes for the ants to enter. The Bait Stations are filled with bait, which contain sugar and attracts the ants to the station. The little blighters then think that it is food (how foolish!) and pick up a piece of the bait and carry it back to the nest to feed other ants and larvae in the nest. The bait works as it contains an active ingredient that the ants either ingest or absorbed into their little bodies and kills the ants when they return to the nest.
For maximum effect I used the bait station both indoors and outside as I had found them walking in my living room and were aware of them outside my porch, having disturbed them when digging the garden.
To use the Ant Stop Station indoors, break off each of the four spurs to expose the holes. This allows the ants access to the bait inside the station. All you need to do is place the station close to where you see the ants. One station is normally enough to kill the ants in one nest. For me, where I had ants coming into my house it may mean that there is more than one nest. You will need to check the station regularly (the bait will be visible through the holes) and replace used ones.
For outside use, as above, break off the spurs and place station near the nest. Cover the station with a tile or brick to keep it dry and check the station regularly and replace used ones. For large outdoor nests it is recommended you use two or more stations and this will take longer to kill the ants. I found that using one outside was sufficient. The Bait stations need to be kept dry and also you shouldn't open the station by removing the top.
I left the ant bait stations out for 3 weeks to be on the safe side and the majority of the ants had not returned the next day and all was clear within 4 days. What I like about this product is that unlike ant powders, which kill ants instantly, the ants return the bait to their nest; therefore you aren't left with dead ants around the bait stations.
This product is highly recommended and gets 5 stars from me, as I see no disadvantages with the bait stations as they killed the ants and don't leave a mess. If I see ants again, I would definitely buy this product as Ant Stop! Bait Station is clean and simple to use, doesn't leave a harsh smell, can be used indoors and outdoors, providing it doesn't get wet when outside and stops ant activity within 3-6 days and lasts for up to 3 months. The only thing you would need to be careful about, is making sure that the stations are not picked up by children, incase they place them or their fingers in their mouths after touching the stations.
For further information, please visit: www.antstop.co.uk
Other products in the Ant Stop! range also include: Ant Stop! Gun and Ant Stop! Powder.
Thanks for reading xx
Destroys ants and their nests. For indoor and outdoor use.