Varying dietary preferences among ants


January 19, 2024

Andrew Fisher

Andrew Fisher, BCE, PHE

Different ant species exhibit distinct behaviors and preferences; thus, selecting a bait that targets their specific needs can significantly enhance the success of the treatment. When deciding on the most suitable ant bait for a job, first consider whether the bait is sugar- or protein-based. Different ant species and even specific colonies may have varying dietary preferences.

Next, consider the active ingredient (AI) and how quickly it will take effect. Some AIs work quickly, whereas others may require more time to target the ant colony. Understanding the speed of action can help manage expectations and determine the optimal bait for your specific situation.

Lastly, consider the hygroscopic qualities of your bait, which refers to how readily it attracts water from its surroundings. It is important to assess whether it can withstand exposure to moisture and remain effective when placed outdoors, particularly in areas prone to rain or high humidity.


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Fisher is a professional pest business unit specialist at Neogen.

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