How To Get Rid of Piss Ants

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Having ants in our bedrooms can leave many of us feel uneasy.

No one wants these tiny pests crawling and biting on us while we sleep.

In this article, we’ll go over everything you need to know about getting rid of your piss ants in your house. 

So you can finally relax and get that peaceful sleep you deserve.

Let’s dive in. 

What Are Piss Ants?

Before we begin, it’s important that we distinguish what piss ants are.

Piss ants refer to a particular type of ant that does release a urine type liquid. This ant is located in the European forests and isare not a common household pest.

The term piss ants is used more commonly to describe any small ants that infest indoors.

Most commonly, it typically encompases a group of small ants that are common indoor ants.

These include: odorous, pharaoh, ghost ants, and crazy ants.

In most cases, when people use the term piss ants there are referring to this larger group of ants.

More commonly, the term piss ants has also been used more narrowly to refer to two types of ants: pharaoh and odorous ants.

1. Inspect/monitor Your Home

Now that we understand what piss ants are, the first step to getting rid of these ants is to inspect and monitor your home.

Inspecting and monitoring allows you to do two things:

  • Identifying the type of ant
  • Finding where they live and travel

In this case, since it refers to a group of different ants. We first need to identify the particular ant and then determine the best approach.

Since ants feed and behave differently, the approach to getting rid of them should reflect those differences.

To correctly identify ants, take a photo or capture one ant in your restroom and place it in a container.

If you find a trail, follow it back and try to find the source.

It’s not uncommon to have two different types of ants in one structure.

One way to check is to capture one ant from each trail and place them in a container.

If the ants are not from the same colony, they will fight each other.

Follow the ant trails to determine how the ants are getting into your house or if they are nesting in your home.

Keep track of any other locations you see other ants inside or outside your home.

This will help you when placing ant baits in the next step.

2. Eliminate Items That Attract Ants

Ants just like all other insects are in search of three key things: food, water, and shelter. 

When they find these things this is where they will build their nest and start to live. 

The easiest way to start getting rid of ants is to make your home less enjoyable for ants. 

You can do this by eliminating any food and water sources that the ants may be using.

It may be hard to determine the particular food source or water source the ants are using. Because they may be using several different sources to feed their colony. 

In order to effectively eliminate the food and water sources in your home, you need to perform a thorough cleaning and inspection. 

To do this, you can:  

  • Vacuum or sweep under your to remove crumbs or small particles that are around your home – under appliances, on floors, countertops, etc. 
  • Wipe down surfaces to remove any food and water residue.
  • Remove or wash any dirty dishes, laundry, or surfaces. 
  • Remove or place pet food in an airtight container. Make sure you clean the bowl once your pet is finished eating.
  • Seal all food in containers and leave none open.
  • Wipe-down any wet surfaces to remove excess moisture.

3. Pre-Baiting

Pre-baiting is a strategy that allows you to do three things:

Find the ant trails

  • Observe and identify ants
  • Locate the nest

To do this you will need to use bait to attract ants.

Once the forager ant finds the food, it will notify the other ants and they will form a trail from the food to their nest.

Ants prefer different types of food. Some prefer protein while others prefer sugar.

Unless you know exactly what type of ants you have, I recommend testing out sugar and protein pre-bait.

For sugar, the best bait is a 50/50 mixture of honey and sugar.

For the protein bait, the best bait is peanut butter or a few small pieces of spam.

Place these baits wherever you saw ant activity during your inspection.

If there are active trails, you can place a pre-bait on each side to determine which they prefer.

You can also put the bait where ants are known to frequent.

Common locations include guidelines, foundation, along walls, or near moisture.

Make sure to place your bait out of direct sunlight to keep them effective.

You’ll also want to check your pre-baits throughout the day.

Different ants forage at different times.

While other species of ants, such as odorous ants and Pharaoh ants, are equally active during the day and night.

So, unless you know exactly what type of ant you have at this point, checking your bait multiple times is necessary.

Once you’ve found the trail, follow it to determine where they came from and how they got in—doing so will tell you where to treat the ants.

If there are multiple ant trails, follow each one.

Multiple ant trails could be a sign that there are two ants nests nearby, and you may need to treat each one separately.

4. Identification

Since piss ants typically encompases multiple types of ants, it’s important to identify which type of ant is inside your home. 

The three types of ants that are often considered piss ants are: 

  • Odorous ants 
  • Pharaoh ants 
  • Sugar ants

The best way to identify them is by examining their appearance, food preference, behavior, and habitat.

 

Appearance

There are a couple of ways you can examine an ant’s appearance.

First is by capturing one ant and using a magnifying glass to study it.

The second is to use a zoom or macro lens and take a photo to get a closer look.

 

Food Preference

Different types of ants have different diets.

Some ants might prefer sweets and protein, while others might prefer oils and fats.

For instance, carpenter ants prefer proteins and sweets. On the other hand, fire ants will prefer meat and lipids.

You can use the ants’ choice of pre-bait as a baseline for what you’ll use in your bait treatment.

 

Nest Location

Following the trails to find an ant’s nest can help determine what type of ant it is.

Carpenter ants, for example, live inside the wood.

On the other hand, pavement ants may build their nest under concrete and come up through the cracks.

It’s not always easy to determine where an ants nest is.

If you can’t determine where the nest is, focus on the ant’s appearance and eating habits.

1. Pharaoh Ant

pharaoh-ant

Pharaoh Ants are commonly found foraging and nesting inside structures.

They commonly hide inside homes in locations that are hard to reach, such as wall void and underneath cabinets.

They tend to place their nests near food and water sources when possible.

Phoraoh Ant Identification

Size: 1/16" - 1/8"

Antenna: Bent

Color:  Yellowish-Light Brown to Red 

Pattern: No Pattern

Nodes: One

Shape: Segmented 

Region: Coastal U.S States From Fl to WA

Food: Sweets, Protein, Insects 

Nest: Near water sources, common indoors

2. Odorous Ants

Little-black-ants

Odorous ants are versatile in that they infest both indoors and outdoors. They commonly migrate indoors during cold weather or when it is raining outside.

Odorous ants are attracted to water and you will commonly find them nesting near water sources such as inside the kitchen or the restroom.

Odorous Ant Identification

Size: 1/8"

Antenna: Bent

Color:  Dark Brown to Black

Pattern: None, but distinct coconut smell when crushed. 

Nodes: One

Shape: Segmented 

Region: Across the U.S

Food: Sweets, Human food (salts, grease, dairy, and protein) 

Nest: shallow mounds, inside wall voids.

4. Use Indoor and Outdoor Bait

Regardless of the type of ant, baiting is the most effective treatment.

Other treatments such as aerosol sprays are only temporary solutions that do not tackle the source of the problem. 

Baits are a mixture of attractant and insecticide.

When a worker ant finds the bait, they take a portion of it and tell other workers to bring it back to the colony.

The ants will then place the bait in their food storage area, contaminating the rest of the food.

Eventually, the contaminated food and the bait will kill the entire colony.

There are three factors that go into a successful bait strategy:

  • The right bait
  • The right location
  • Lack of other food sources

 

Location

Place ant baits in all the locations where ants were active during pre-baiting.

Doing so will make it a seamless and efficient transition once you apply the bait.

 

Other Food Sources

Remember to remove any pre-bait or other food sources that might attract ants.

Baits are most effective when they are the only food source.

Ants will have no other choice but to eat the bait.

 

Type of Bait

When selecting your bait, choose a bait that has the same base as the pre-bait the ants were eating.

For instance, if the ants consume sugar based bait during pre-baiting, use sugar as your base for the actual bait treatment.

If the ants consumed both pre-bait, then either type of bait should work.

Baits typically take one to three days to kill ants that directly consumed the bait.

It’s expected to eliminate an entire colony between one to two weeks.

Indoor Bait

When you see ants in your bedroom, you may want to grab the first chemical or Raid spray bottle, you see.

This will kill the ants in your home but it won’t get rid of them. 

Bait stations and gel bait are the most effective way of treating ants inside. 

Bait stations are easy to use and fast to apply.

They are also good for those with children or pets.

With bait stations, the bait is not exposed but hidden in a small compartment.

Syringe bats can make it easier to apply to hard to reach areas and it easy to track how much has been consumed,

The best place to place indoor baits inside your bedroom include:

  • Baseboards
  • Guidelines
  • Under or around bet
  • Inside closet
  • Top of walls (crown molding)
  • Window sills
  • Corners of walls

You can also place baits in less frequented areas around your home.

Doing this will ensure that you deliver as much bait to the nest and cover any ant trails from a different colony.

Place indoor bait anywhere you spot ant trails during the inspection.

Other ideal locations to place bait indoors include:

  • Under appliances
  • Small cracks and crevices
  • Cabinet door hinges
  • Windows or door sills
  • Along walls or cabinets, guides, and baseboards.
  • Near sources of water
  • Near ant trails

I recommend applying small dabs on 2×2 inch pieces of wax paper.

Doing so will make it easy to keep track of the bait and clean up any gel bait you apply.

Outdoor Ant Bait

The source of ants is typically outside, making the outdoors one of the best places to bait.

Certain types of ants, such as carpenter ants and fire ants, create two nests.

In these cases, outdoor bait will typically allow you to target as many species or mounds outside.

The best option for outdoor ant bait is refillable ant baiting stations.

These are typically stations where you can fill a liquid or gel bait that will attract ants.

Place these stations around the perimeter of your home.

I recommend placing one along each corner or side of your home.

Other ideal places to put bait stations are near ant mounts, in your garden near plants, or near other outdoor structures.

Check your bait stations regularly to ensure that there is still bait inside.

If you notice that ants are not consuming the bait, try using a different bait to attract them.

6. Apply Non-Repellent Spray

Baiting is typically sufficient to eliminate most ant infestations.

But you can use barrier treatments for additional protection.

Barrier treatments are best for houses with severe ant problems.

This means that you consistently see thick ant trails indoors or outdoors.

Foragers around your home or large mounds or nest of ants coming out of cracks on the pavement.

There are signs that you can have a severe ant infestation.

In times like this, a barrier treatment is a great way to eliminate and keep ant infestations out of your home.

Barrier treatments typically include spraying an insecticide around the foundation of your home.

I recommend using a pressurized sprayer to apply a three-foot wide base around your home’s perimeter and a three-foot wide application on the walls of your home.

When doing this type of treatment, there are two options non-repellent and repellent.

I recommend using non-repellent insecticides.

Liquid insecticides are slow-acting like baits.

When ants walk through the insecticide, they will take it into their nest and spread it to the rest of the colony.

Repellent insecticides kill on contact but can be infected and cause ants to flea and create more colonies.

If the infestation in your yard is severe, a broadcast liquid insecticide treatment may be necessary.

This involves applying the insecticide to your entire yard.

These treatments are typically active for around three to six months, depending on the insecticide and weather conditions.

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7. Keep Ants Away With Preventative Measures

We’ve all heard the maxim: prevention is better than cure. And when it comes to ants, this is undoubtedly true.

Here are some of the best tips and strategies to stop ants from invading your home:

 

Eliminate Food

One of the most natural things you can do to keep ants out of your house is cleaning up any food or water sources.

Be sure to clean up food preparation areas to ensure there are no potential food sources for ants.

Wiping down your counters with a cleaning agent is a great way to remove ant trail pheromones.

Clean anywhere you recently saw an ant trail to make sure they can’t use it again.

I also recommend cleaning underneath appliances where food tends to accumulate, such as the refrigerator, microwave, and stove.

It is also vital that you store food, including dog food, properly in airtight containers or bags.

If you have pets, clean and store food and water bowls properly when they are not eating.

Indoor plants can also attract ants. Some of these plants are home to aphids that produce honeydew.

Indoor plants can also be home to small insects that ants feed upon.

 

Eliminate Water

Ants need water to survive.

If there are no food sources but there is an abundance of water ants will still enter your home.

This is particularly true when the soil outside is dry and they need to find additional sources of water.

Make sure you address any excess moisture issues both inside and outside of your house.

This includes leaking pipes or faucets.

Standing water or overwatering of plants and grass outdoors.

 

Seal Up Entry Points

The harder it is for ants to get in, the less likely they will try and enter your home.

The best way to do this is to seal up any cracks, holes, and crevices around your home using caulk.

Some common places to look outside are:

  • Cracks in foundations
  • Holes or cracks on walls
  • Door or window sills
  • Under or around windows and doors, and
  • Pipes or wires that penetrate walls.

 

Common places to look indoors include:

  • Cracks on walls
  • Around windows and doors
  • foundation or edges walls
  • under sinks where there are pipes
  • electrical sockets

It is also a good idea to apply a dust insecticide into these crevices before sealing them up.

This will allow you to kill any ants hiding inside these voids and give them no way of getting out.

 

Trim Vegetation

Trim any branches that are touching your walls, windows, roof, etc.

Carpenter ants live in trees and can use its branches as a bridge to enter your home.

If you are confident that a near your house is infested with carpenter ants, make sure you treat it or consider cutting it down.

 

Keep Your Yard Clean

Piles of trees give ants an ideal shelter. They allow ants to hide undisturbed, as well as provide the moisture they need.

Remove anything that can collect water, such as stacks of wood and overturned plant pots.

 

Minimize Mulch

You’ll also want to minimize the use of mulch around your home.

Layers of mulch provide ants with the perfect shelter.

It traps moisture and insulates against harsh temperatures.

If you must use mulch at home, make sure to replace old mulch with new ones at least once a year.

You can use rock, gravel, pebbles, and rubber as an alternative to mulch.

Pebbles or gravel is typically too dense and compact for ants to tunnel through. As a result, they won’t be able to access the perimeter of your foundation.

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