Protecting your home from sweet-eating ants is a piece of cake thanks to these ingenious outdoor ant killer stakes. The TERRO® Outdoor Liquid Ant Bait Stakes feature eight durable stakes per box filled with 2 ounces of our highly effective ant bait – enough to control most outdoor ant invasions.
For long-term control of Argentine, ghost, little black, acrobat, pavement, odorous house, crazy, cornfield and other sweet-eating ants, simply place the TERRO® Outdoor Liquid Ant Bait Stakes in areas where ants have been observed. As worker ants forage for food and water, they are immediately attracted to the sweet liquid ant bait housed in the stakes. As the ants consume the bait it begins to deliver a toxic reaction to their nervous system which ultimately kills them. However, the ant killer works slowly enough to give the foraging ants enough time to return to their nest and share the deadly bait with the queen and the rest of the colony.
The rugged, weatherproof Outdoor Ant Bait Stakes feature reinforced stake ridges that provide increased strength when placed in ground. See-through windows make it easy to monitor the bait level so you know when it’s time to replace them. A built-in tiered bait pack increases bait consumption and reduces waste. This attention to detail makes the Outdoor Ant Bait Stakes one of the most convenient and economical ant killers available on the market today.
Kill the Ants That You See, And the Hundreds That You Don’t
When you first place the ant killer stakes in the ground, you’re going to see a significant surge in the number of ants. Don’t worry, this is perfectly normal and a sure sign the ant bait is working. You see, our clever team of researchers formulated the bait to attract ants like flies to honey. They also formulated it to slowly kill the ants. This slow kill gives the ants adequate time to return to their nest and deliver a deadly dose of bait to the hundreds of ants hiding out in the colony.
Upping the Ant-e
We’d be willing to wager that when it comes to ants, you want them out of your house and out of your life as quickly as possible. Follow these tips and we guarantee you will be living ant-free sooner rather than later.
- Place the TERRO® Outdoor Liquid Bait Stakes close to areas where ants are observed entering your home or near their ant trails.
- Insert the bait stakes firmly into the ground by pushing with your hand – not your foot or a tool - until the bottom of the bait stake is flush with the ground.
- After the stake is in place, activate it by breaking off the bait pack tab. The ants will enter the bait stake through the hole created by removing the tab.
- Be sure to monitor the bait level regularly, taking care not to interfere with the ants or the stakes while doing so. Replace the stakes when the bait level is no longer visible through the bait window or every 3 months.
- Keep a fresh supply of ant bait available for the foraging ants to ensure long-term ant control.
- Be patient. Depending on the size of the ant infestation, complete elimination of the colony may take up to two weeks.
The Easiest Way to Apply Liquid Bait Around Your House
The Ant Bait Debate
We’ve been asked plenty of times if liquid ant bait is really more effective than gel bait when it comes to controlling ants. Simply put, the answer is yes. Our research team could expound for hours on the differences between the two, but we thought we’d spare you some time and settle the great ant bait debate with this easy-to-understand infographic.
- Quickly attracts and ultimately kills all common household ants
- Stakes come pre-filled and ready-to-use
- Liquid bait provides ants with a food and water source
- Slow kill allows for effective elimination
- Tiered bait pack increases bait consumption, reduces waste
- See-through window enables easy monitoring of ant bait level
- Reinforced stake ridges provide increased strength when placed in ground
- Snap off bait activation keeps ant bait solution fresh until opened
- Rugged, weatherproof stake casing protects against elements
What’s in the Box
- Eight pre-filled liquid ant bait stakes
- Net contents: 2.0 fl. oz.
- .25 fl. oz. liquid bait per stake
- Contains sodium tetraborate decahydrate (Borax) (5.40%) and other ingredients (94.60%)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Review RateReally works
This is the only ant killing anything I have ever tried that actually works. I have them all over my yard.
Review RateDidn't work
Didn't help any. After a week the ants had a bed built around a few of them!Response From Zareba®Patty : Consumer Relations Representative
We apologize for this experience and are happy to help.
Ant colonies send out scouts for food, even when they have a current food source. They have been known to actually hide a new food source in order to save it for a later day and prevent other predators from finding it. Covering the bait station indicates they are interested in the food and will return at a later time or they are building a colony right there to be close to the food source. When they do start to eat this product, they will die within 24-48 hours, sharing the bait within the colony. Eventually, the queen will eat some as well and the colony will collapse.
Feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-800-800-1819 x 458 with any additional questions.
Review RateWild life eating bait
The bait stakes seemed to have worked well, but they are now being pulled out of the ground, chewed open or disappearing all together. I cannot seem to catch the animal doing this but suspect either a chipmunk or raccoon. I don't want to poison wild life, so should I be concerned? I use an animal repellent around the house, but it wears off quickly sometimes. Any other suggestions to keep animals from removing the bait stakes?
Response From Zareba®Patty : Consumer Relations Representative
Thank you for this feedback. We apologize for the experience.
The ingredients in this product are sugar, water, and borax. The latter ingredient can be found in many household products such as detergents and some toothpastes for whitening.
Feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-800-800-1819 x 458 with any additional questions.
Review RateSlows 'em down but doesn't stop 'em
Totally disappointed. I have sugar ants climbing up the outside walls and entering via window sills. Have caulked, sprayed, and used these ant baits. The ants stop for a couple of days, but then come back full force. In all fairness, I've tried other products by Ortho and Bayer, but they only slow down the ant trail. I guess it's time to give up and go with professional pest control.Response From Zareba®Lauren : Consumer Relations Representative
Thank you for sharing this experience. The liquid bait is designed to attract sweet eating ants who will gather the bait and return with it to the nest, sharing it with the rest of the colony. Ants that consume the bait will die within 24-48 hours, however, it can take a few days or weeks for an entire colony to be eliminated, depending on its size.
Please feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-800-800-1819 x 458 with any questions.
Review RateYeah for Terro
I haven't used those I just bought yet, that is, I didn't get them put out until today. But last year, they certainly got rid of the ants we had coming in the house. Last year I had tried other products and they didn't work. Then someone recommended Terro. I got some and put them out and in a short time, the ants disappeared in the house.
Review RateIT WORKS
Worked like a charm. Placed one on each side of step at back door and the army disappeared! Worked faster than stated.
Review RateThey work as ammunition in the ant war
Okay, so it's not a battle at our home ... it's an all out war with ants. We saw the first of them for spring ... running around our ceiling fan vent cover ... that's when we put out the ant stakes. That seems to have drawn their interest, they've disappeared from inside the house ... for the moment. We've put the bait stakes all around the house at intervals, as recommended by Terro, and for now those ants are busy elsewhere, they are not in the house. We know the war will rage until it freezes next fall, and will keep changing our Terro inside and outside ant baits and putting new bait here and there. For anyone who may be worried about their pets, our neighbor has a feral cat colony and his cats use our property as their bathroom. We'd been seeing some of the flat green top ant baits taken apart and thrown around outside. My husband opened the curtain one morning to see one of the neighbor cats working on the flat Terro outdoor ant bait (with Borax as the bait), and the cat managed to take the top off (not easy), and had licked up all the ant bait inside. Yum. And no, it didn't hurt that cat a bit. So feel free to use the Borax ant bait around your pets, evidently they really aren't going to hurt them. Thank you Terro for all the ant bait we'll go through this year.Response From Zareba®Anthony : Consumer Relations Representative
We appreciate the time taken to share this feedback and would just like to offer an additional comment regarding the active ingredient used in this product. Borax has a low toxicity for people and animals, but each animal may react differently to the product. Because of this, we recommend contacting a veterinarian for advice if an animal were to ingest any.
As with any pesticide, it's important to read the included instructions for information on how to best store and apply this product around children and pets. Feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-800-800-1819 x 458 with any questions.
Review RatePossibly wrong type of ants
The stakes did not get rid of the ants, although to be fair maybe they are the wrong kind of ants for this bait. The ones I have appear to be a larger version of fire ant. They don't swarm in huge numbers if you disturb them and they will bite and sting but more like one at a time. They didn't seem interested in the stakes.Response From Zareba®Anthony : Consumer Relations Representative
We appreciate the time taken to share this feedback and would be happy to help. This bait only works for sweet-eating ants, such as Argentine ants, Ghost ants, Cornfield ants, Pavement ants, Acrobat ants, Whitefooted ants, Little black ants, Odorous house ants, Crazy ants, and Big headed ants.
Please contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-800-800-1819 x 458 so we may offer alternatives to help get rid of fire ants. Our TERRO® Ant Dust (Model #T600) is a contact killer that will work on fire ants and carpenter ants.
Review RateAnt killer be willing to try
I've been watching videos before of this product and others for pests. It be nice to try this for ants. They seem to get worse during spring.
Review RateDid NOT work
I bought this product from Lowes and followed directions. A week later these ants managed to build a tunnel and make a home out of the stake. I just pulled it out, and they were starting their larvas on the plastic of it and had a mound the size of a few dimes stacked coming out of the hole. Clearly, this did not work.Response From Zareba®Patty : Consumer Relations Representative
We appreciate the time taken to provide this feedback and would like the opportunity to provide assistance. Ant colonies will often protect or hide a food source for later use until a current food source is used up or as they establish a nest closer to the food source. We recommend keeping the bait station in the same location. Feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 800-800-1819 x 458 with any additional questions.
- All About
There are more than 10,000 known species of ants living throughout the world. Like other insects, they have six legs; each with three joints. Ants have large heads with compound eyes, elbowed antennae, and powerful jaws. Ants are social insects that live in structured nest communities throughout the world. The species of ant determines whether they live underground, in mounds built at ground level, in wood structures or in plants or trees.
How do I know when to replace the Outdoor Ant Bait Stakes?The Ant Bait Stakes have a see-thru window that enables you to monitor how much bait is in the stake, so there’s no guesswork involved. When you look through the window you will see that small ‘stairs’ are built into the bait pack. This was designed to increase bait consumption. As the bait is consumed, the liquid level diminishes. The ants march down the steps until they reach the bottom of the pack.
I just placed several TERRO® Outdoor Liquid Ant Bait Stakes around the perimeter of my house and instead of killing the ants, it attracted hundreds more! Am I doing something wrong?You have nothing to worry about, this initial increase in ants is perfectly normal. As worker ants forage for food and water, they are quickly attracted to the sweet liquid in the TERRO® liquid ant bait and swarm towards it. The ants consume the bait and then head back to their nest to share the liquid with the rest of the colony. On the way back to the nest to share the bait, the ants drop what it called a ‘trail pheromone’, which lets the other ants know where the food supply is. In turn, these ants follow the trail to the bait which explains why you will initially see more ants. The active ingredient in the bait interferes with the ants' digestive systems, eventually killing them within 24-48 hours after consumption. This slow kill is necessary because it gives the worker ants enough time to get back and forth to the colony to share the bait
This slow kill is necessary because it gives the worker ants enough time to get back and forth to the colony to share the bait.
Is there an expiration date on the TERRO® Outdoor Ant Bait Stakes?There is not an expiration date because the effectiveness of the active ingredient (Borax) does not decrease over time. However, like any food-based product, the bait may become less appealing to foraging ants after an extended shelf life. Our rule of thumb is to use fresh bait if you’ve had the same liquid bait for more than two years.