ants are a common insect, found in every part of the world, except the Arctic and beyond. This is very hardworking and organized insects, so they can build their habitat almost everywhere. The ant is a beneficial insect to human society, in many parts of the world it is used as food, in medicine and in religious ceremonies. Some species of ants are also important as organic pesticides.
However, ants sometimes cause harm to humans, such as ants causing crop damage, building damage, and some species, such as the Red Imported Fire Ant, are sometimes considered aggressive species because they can easily adapt to new environments. Can
To get your ant problem under control, inspection is an important first step.
to find ant nests, follow their trails. Ants lay down a chemical pheromone trail along their established routes to and from a food source so other ants can easily find the food.
Inside a house, inspect along the carpet edges, doors, windows, and all areas of the kitchen. The easiest way to find a trail to the nest is to watch where ants go after reaching the food source. If you are targeting Carpenter ants, inspection at night is more effective since the larger Carpenter ant is nocturnal. You can spot Carpenter ants emerging from damaged wood inside the house, or foraging outside in woodpiles, rotted or water-damaged wood, and tree stumps.
Outside the house, inspect around foundation walls, areas of vegetation, and mulch. Any vegetation found near patios and walls may hide some Ant nests or their trails. Check under any item that is on the ground. Some ant nests are well hidden.
Follow the trail to find the nest.
Treat the nest directly if possible or use bait or non-repellent insecticide around the perimeter of the house and on the ant trails.
Ant Control Tips and Strategies
There are two main types of ant problems that are commonly encountered with an ant problem.
Ants that live outside and forage inside
ants that already have a nest built inside
Your ant control strategy should depend on the type of infestation and the type of ant that is responsible. Identifying which type of ant you have is helpful, but may be difficult without a magnifying glass. It is also helpful to use a magnifying glass to inspect ant trails and nests.
1. Ants that live outside and forage in the home.
Ants that live outside will travel inside your home to search for food. Some species ultimately reside and nest inside houses. Follow these steps to help prevent either type of infestation:
Caulk and seal cracks and crevices to eliminate passages into the home. Since Ants are extremely industrious in finding entry points, you may not be able to seal them all.
Clean around entry points with a detergent to remove the chemical trail pheromone, then spray a non-repellent residual insecticide such as Taurus SC or FUSE Insecticide around the perimeter and entry points.
Refer to Ant Control Outside for more in-depth information.
2. Ants that live (nest) inside your home.
Some ants don’t just enter your home foraging for food. Some ants will establish a colony inside.
Indoor colonization occurs year-round, especially in warmer climates. Ant species that live in homes include Argentine Ants, Crazy Ants, Odorous House Ants, Pavement Ants, Pharaoh Ants, Thief Ants, and Carpenter Ants. All of these ants may infest food products.
Ant Baits are a very successful method of controlling ants. They are safe to use around pets and children when you follow directions. Ant baits come in gels, granules, or stations. The active ingredients in these baits may be sugar-based or protein/grease-based, to lure a variety of ant species and target their dietary needs.
Refer to Ant Control Inside for more in-depth information.
3. Special Considerations for Carpenter Ants
Carpenter Ants are most active in the evening hours when foraging for food, both inside the house and outside. Carpenter ants do not eat the wood for food, but they will tunnel into the wood to make nests. By observing ants at night, you may be able to tell where to spray or bait. Treating the nest itself is the last resort for Carpenter ant control. Unless the entire nest is effectively treated, the colony may simply scatter. Use a non-repellent insecticide to minimize this risk.
For more Carpenter Ant inspection tips Carpenter Ant Inspection.
The best way to treat Carpenter Ants inside the house:
Place recommended Carpenter Ant Baits on the Ant trails.
Use a non-repellent insecticide aerosol such as Spectre PS Aerosol, Alpine Aerosol or Phantom Aerosol. Non-repellent aerosols are superior to repellent aerosols because the Ants do not detect them and can’t avoid them. A typical Ant spray will kill only a few Ants and scatter the rest.
For more in depth information : Carpenter Ants
To prevent further Carpenter Ant infestations:
Trim all trees and bushes so branches do not touch the house.
Correct moisture problems such as leaky roofs and plumbing.
Paint and/or seal exposed wood construction before it becomes wet.
Replace rotted, water-damaged, and previously Ant-infested wooden parts of the structure.
Eliminate wood/soil contacts.
Remove dead stumps on the property and store firewood off the ground and away from the structure.
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