Choosing a treatment option

Treatment options include pesticide control, as well as non-toxic methods. At the very least a management plan should include movement controls, containment and effective waste management before considering pesticide treatment.

Ant management is complex. A single treatment product is not suitable for all ants in all situations. Different pesticide regulatory requirements in different countries mean that some effective treatment options are not available everywhere. And even more frustratingly, treatments that work in one location don't work in other locations. Click on the shaded boxes in the matrix below (which is based on the case studies of best practice ant management) to identify a solution for your problem ant! 

  open area forested / densely wooded area residential area agricultural / livestock area near open water / rivers / streams conservation area
yellow crazy ant
little fire ant
African big-headed ant
red imported fire ant
Argentine ant

If your problem species is not one of the worst 5, there is little management information available, so as well as working through the flow chart, read about controlling other ants. For more information on the full range of pesticides available for the different ant species, please download this Excel workbook.