How To Get Rid Of Ants
Once ants get into your home, getting rid of ants can be very difficult. You can either learn how to get rid of ants by yourself, or let a professional take care of your ant problem for you. To help you decide which choice is best, our ant control specialist break down your top questions on how to get rid of ants.
How did I get ants?
Poor sanitation is the primary cause of ant infestations. Leaving dirty dishes in the sink, food residue on counter tops, crumbs on the floor and trash not frequently emptied provide food sources for meal-seeking ants. What starts with a few foragers entering a home can become a major problem if ants establish colonies in walls, lawns, or under home foundations.
Is it easy to learn how to get rid of ants?
Unfortunately, ant control isn’t always a simple fix. Some ant infestations have nothing to do with how clean or dirty your home is. Your property could simply be a haven for ants. Other scenarios can be as easy to fix as getting rid of any ants that you see crawling around. Wipe down the area where the ants traveled with a regular kitchen disinfectant wipe. This will erase the scented trails they leave behind. Ants that have never been in your home can follow this trail directly to the food sources previous visitors have found.
Do you need to know what type of ants you have in order to get rid of them?
Knowing the species of ant you are dealing with is important. If you know the type of ant then you will be able to find the colony, identify the sources of food that are attracting them and which ant control tactics will be the most effective.
What’s the best way to get rid of ants?
The best way to learn how to get rid of ants is to learn how to prevent them. Having an ongoing pest control plan with a pest control specialist is the best way to manage ongoing pest problems in your home. Your service specialist will work with you to develop an effective plan for getting rid of ants and keeping them out of your home. Most plans include interior and exterior treatments, sealing up entry points around the home and placing insect growth regulators around the property.
It is important to keep things clean. Remove food particles in the kitchen and other places where you eat. Keep floors and cabinet tops clean. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight. Clean the dishwasher and other appliances regularly. Empty and clean trash containers. Keep foods that are attractive to ants in sealed containers or inside the refrigerator. Don’t forget to inspect the areas where you eat while watching television since most of us like to snack while watching the show. When you grill and eat outdoors, be sure to clean the grill and remove any food residue from the tables, deck or patio.
What are some quick ways to starve ants out?
In addition to wiping down surfaces and vacuuming the floors, proper food storage is important. An ant can easily climb inside an open boxes, even if you’ve used the tabbed closing function on the box top. The average manufacturer’s packaging is rarely made to withstand ant infestations.
Airtight containers with lids that lock tightly provide the best defense to keep ants from to gaining entry. Keep outside of storage bins and other containers closed and clean. It goes without saying that you should keep as much food as possible stored in places that are harder to access (e.g., freezers, refrigerators, resealable plastic bags, mason jars, etc.).
Do over-the-counter ant sprays work?
At home ant control products come in many forms. Be sure to read up on them as they may contain toxic substances that are harmful if the product label directions are not followed. In most cases, at home ant control products usually don’t solve an ant infestation. They are often meant to only kill the ants that you see and act as a deterrent. If the ants are still able to enter your home, they will simply find a way around the at home ant control sprays and traps.
Why do some colonies still survive after treatment?
In some cases colonies can continue to thrive if the queen ant survives. Ant problems don’t start in your home, they start in the nest. You only recognize the problem once the ants have invaded your living space. And while you might think that the more ants you see, the more chance they’ll be breeding, this is not the case. The only way to get rid of an ant colony that’s causing problems in your home is to get rid of the queen.
Can an ant problem ever fully be solved?
The only true solution for ant infestations are treatments delivered by pest control specialists, followed by a strict adherence and dedication to prevention. Ants will always come back. It’s just a matter of how difficult you make it for them to enter your home, and how prepared you are for them once they get there.
To make sure that your home and property are uninviting to ants, you only need to make one call. Dynasty Pest Control knows how to get rid of ants and will turn your ant problem into an ant solution.
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