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Amdro's Ant Stakes Review: Are My Ants Smarter Than Average?

Updated on October 12, 2012

Uh oh, the temperature is warming up and the rain clouds are hanging out over my house. Guess what that means: Ants. I know, my heart should ache for their unceasing labors to aerate my lawn and serve as dinner for the monstrous spiders that roam around my foundation. But year after year of frustrating home invasions have forced me to introduce the little buggers to my friends Ortho and Raid.

Unfortunately, my wife no longer shares my enthusiasm for the insecticide apocalypse. Now that I have two very young children who are fascinated with eating anything that they can find off of the floor, I've been forcibly coerced to shelve the big guns. Not willing to give up the fight, however, I turned to the omniscient internet for advice. The answer: Amdro's Ant Stakes (also known as Grant's Ant Stakes).

Why stakes? How do they work?

The Amdro Ant Stakes are marketed as being usable both indoors and out. Thus, I deducted that if I were to plant them around the outside of the house, I'd both appease the wife and save the children from possible harm. Appropriately named, the plastic stakes can be inserted into the ground or laid flat with the bait hole facing upwards.

The entire purpose of the Ant Stakes, however, is to attract ants into the hole of death. When they were marketed as Grant's, the bait hole contained arsenic, a poison that causes all sorts of nasty symptoms if ingested. Now, the active ingredient is hydramethylnon, not nearly as toxic to humans but surely strong enough to KO a creature no larger than a grain of rice, right? According to Amdro, the bait is supposedly weak enough to allow the ant to bring it back to the colony and ultimately assassinate the queen.

Amdro Kills Ants: Ha ha ha
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Supposedly? Something doesn't sound right

Following the relatively simple directions of Amdro's Ant Stakes (remove from box and insert into ground), I eagerly awaited the army of darkness with open arms ... and waited ... and waited. In fact, after checking the stakes every few hours for signs of activity, I convinced myself that everything would be better in the morning -- I was wrong.

The stakes have been standing guard around my house for a week now. Like silent sentinels with frightening gargoyle faces, they have done a wonderful job at intimidating intruders. The problem, however, is that the ants are just running around the stakes and continuing on their merry way into my kitchen.

Surely you are doing something wrong

Perhaps I am an idiot. The instructions, which seemed so foolproof when I first popped open the box, must be hiding the crucial key to success from my eyes. The ants just don't care about the bait inside these stakes. Maybe it doesn't smell good. Possibly the stakes are too slippery. Whatever the reason, Amdro's Ant Stakes might as well have "WMDs inside. Stay out!" marked in whatever language ants read (pheromones?) all around them.

Thinking that the problem was dietary, I traced a path of honey and syrup up the stakes and into the bait hole. Within minutes, the stakes were overwhelmed with sugar-loving arthropods. Outsmarting them at last, I retired for another day only to find something very curious the next morning: The honey was entirely gone. The ants, on the other hand, were back to work on my linoleum.

So did you ever get rid of the ants?

In the end, I resorted to the insecticides that I had tried so vainly to avoid. Only on the outside of the house, mind you, in order to compromise. I know they won't be as effective thanks to rainfall, but at least the ants are gone for now.

As for Amdro's Ant Stakes: I've left them up around the perimeter of the house. Maybe a potential thief will see them and mistake them for a fancy infrared alarm system.

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      Daniel 

      4 years ago

      I'm using these things now. 2 weeks of placing it in the ants path and they ignore it. Bait is so deep in the hole that the ant would have to be the size of a wasp to get out.

      So what did I do? You can see two little pegs on one side of the trap. Using pliers I opened it revealing the "bait". I got a piece of a salsa chip and rubbed it in there. The ants love it. For now on I'm buying the poison in liquid bulk, spraying it on some chips with green food dye, letting it dry and will just throw one down when I see some ants.

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      CH2 

      4 years ago

      I just read this story about the Ant Stakes today. Last summer I had ants coming inside my apt. It was my first warm season in this ground floor apt. I only have cats, so I put the stakes inside. .

      So far this year, I have not seen any ants coming inside. I think it worked. I have some stakes inside the cupboards just in case.

      Last month I saw "Andro Ant Bait Stations" (same stuff without the stake attached) at Walmart.

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      NorCaler 

      5 years ago

      Thanks , I had already brought these stupid stakes and i was surfing the web to see why it isn't working. Now your story confirms it. I am going to try Terro liquid

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      Karen 

      5 years ago

      We were introduced to Amdro by an old school cowboy in Abilene, TX. Our little ranch not only had fire ants but pharoh ants and those big black ones that make their own crop circles. What he told us was a couple of days before it rains, put out some instant grits. Yes, instant NOT regular. They take it back to the colony for all to enjoy. Then, when it rains and they go to drink, they explode. We did that with those large black ants and they were gone for the entire summer season. I was dumbfounded and thrilled! Next we got the Amdro in the granules. Those are the only ones that work imho from the company. When we knew we would have a good week or two without rain, the Mr. put them all around the border of the house. Then he did the main perimeter of our yard. He did that after the dogs went out for the last time because they always have to investigate what we do. LOL. It worked like a charm. He did it once a month the first Sprint and Summer we were there and after that he did it every other month the next year and after that it was every other two months. He also did it around the barn areas too especially around the bottom of our feed barrels. It was wonderful walking in to feed our horses and not have a ton of little red buggers trying to climb on you. Oh I hate them! So maybe if you try that, it will work for you. I've told everyone I've met about what that old cowboy told us. He was an absolute Godsend and I'm sure he's long gone now but I feel passing on his information is a way to show thanks for all the info he shared with us. Oh, and if you have problems with yellow jackets, wasps etc, get one of those screw on hose end sprayers. Get some liquid Dial anti grease soap and put it in there. Start spraying all around where they are. Literally, they drop like flies. Why? The degreaser takes out the grease in their wings. They can't survive without it. They fall and die. The Mr. did that every day for 2 weeks in the beginning of Spring and then in the beginning of summer and lastly just as Fall was beginning. He mainly did it in the barn where they were all over. It took all but 15 minutes in a 1650 sq ft stable. It's not like it was an all day ordeal. The horses appreciated it! So there you have it. Hopefully this will give your other ways to look at getting rid of the pests!!

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      mskills 

      6 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      @RussellLHuey,

      9 months later: Thank you.

      @Riff,

      Interestingly enough, once a few ants bravely infiltrated one of the traps, the colony sucked (slurped?) it dry and then renewed its attack on my pantry. Amdro's might want to adopt Miller's "less filling, tastes great!" slogan.

      @Carrie,

      YOUR comment was hilarious! In a "I'm sorry about the insect horde stationed around your home's perimeter but ha ha" sort of way, I mean. I can just picture some sort of Alien-esque ant queen shambling around underneath your house, hatching some insidious scheme to engulf your pantry.

      If you manage to scare your ant buddies away, please enlighten the rest of us poor saps. PLEASE.

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      Carrie 

      6 years ago

      I have 16 Amdro ant killing stakes around my yard and have not seen one ant go in to any of them. They happily eat my newly planted cherry trees and have made a playground out of my backyard. My husband and I are convinced we are living on an actual anthill. Literally. I think unless we start tossing mini bombs in to the nests and start having cookouts in their ant holes we are not going to get rid of these pesky critters. To top it off they are red ants and my poor mom got bitten trying to make a flower garden. My husband went and bought ant killer granules and a spreader and has now attacked them in this way. Thank you for your hilarious story and thank you all for postings suggestions!

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      RIff 

      6 years ago

      I've always used Grant's in the past and it's worked just fine. This is my first year using Amdros and it's not doing anything. The ants could care less about the bait.

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      RussellLHuey 

      7 years ago

      Entertaining hub, mskills.

    • mskills profile imageAUTHOR

      mskills 

      7 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      @johndwilliams,

      Glad you enjoyed it!

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      johndwilliams 

      7 years ago from Essex England

      Great Hub keep up the good work :)

    • mskills profile imageAUTHOR

      mskills 

      7 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      @LuisEGonzalez,

      Will do. Glad to see you've had luck with these things, because I was pretty peeved when I wrote this hub.

      @Mark Ewbie,

      Thank you for the kind words. I'll need to work on my slant for future reviews, since I don't think I'm doing Amdro or my Adsense clicks a great service with such a negative hub.

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      Mark Ewbie 

      7 years ago from UK

      Nicely done, interesting, amusing, and informative. Maybe the angle of how you tried other things but the Amdro Ant Stakes were the best you have ever come across would generate a few more sales.

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      Luis E Gonzalez 

      7 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Try powered instead of coarse and rub a tiny amount onto the body of the trap. They will seek the sugar.

      Remember to use a little bit, the object is to lure them into entering the trap.

    • mskills profile imageAUTHOR

      mskills 

      7 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      @LuisEGonzalez,

      You know, sprinkling sugar into the bait holes makes so much sense that I can't believe I didn't try it. Now I know what I'll do first when I get home from work today!

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      Luis E Gonzalez 

      7 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Very creative for such a simple topic. I used to have a similar problem. I sprinkled some minute amounts of powered sugar into the opening of the Amdro traps, and it seemed to do the trick.

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      mskills 

      7 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      @wilderness,

      It's funny contemplating the progression over the past few years since we moved into our house.

      The first year, my wife was pregnant with our first child and there were absolutely no sign of ants trying to invade.

      Each year since has introduced more and new varieties of ant for me to curse at, Google, and destroy. Thanks kids (expressed in a sarcastic but also loving way.)

      Nest hunting sounds intriguing. Time to go do some research ...

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      Dan Harmon 

      7 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Well written, informative and humorous at the same time. Well done.

      Each year I fight the ants as well; our grandchildren leave crumbs and food in our sunroom and the ants love them for it. Like you, I resort to chemicals placed around the foundation and door. I've also been know to find a nest and burn it out if it won't destroy the yard.

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      mskills 

      7 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      @CASE1WORKER,

      It gets warm very quickly in North Carolina, and the spring rains drive the ants crazy. No matter what I do to prevent them from coming inside each year, the ants just keep coming back for more.

      Thanks for reading!

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      CASE1WORKER 

      7 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      I don't think we have the ant problem that you have in the US but honestly I found this article really entertaining and I know that should we get little visitors i will be inspecting local brands of ant sticks- well done

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