Ant Nest – Be Gone!
One day they show up, seemingly out of nowhere and the next thing you know is that they are here to stay. Ants have invaded your house! Out of despair, you have tried killing them one by one, spraying them with famous sprays, and even trapping them! Nothing will deter the trail of worker ants from coming back to your kitchen. Don’t move out just yet, there could be a solution.
As with every pest, prevention is the best remedy so until you win the war with the ants that have already invaded your house, close your door to those that are still outside. To be successful in this endeavor, you will need to trim small trees, bushes and plants that are too close to the house as they serve as bridges for the ants to cross right into your walls. Next, follow the advice of specialists and seal all the tiny gaps around doors, windows and walls. It is also good to know that ants are attracted to moisture so, if you find them in your bathroom, it means it is time to have a serious look at the plumbing. Fix any leaks and replace wet wood. You might also want to consider investing in a dehumidifier.
You will quickly notice that spraying or killing individual ants has absolutely no deterring effect on the colony. That is because as long as the queen lives, she continues to reproduce. The only way to permanently get rid of an ant infestation is to get rid of the queen. To locate the queen, you must locate the nest. According to most, nests will be found inside your walls or under the floors. To be sure, you can track the ants in their journey to their destination and figure out where the nest is; or you can use an infrared camera or infrared goggles that will show you where warmer spots are in you walls or under your floor.
Now that you know where your ants reside, it is time to offer them some delicious bait. Ant poison will be carried to the queen and as she dies, so does the colony. Be careful though, since your house has already been pre-approved as ant friendly, a new colony can quickly move in if you lower your guard too rapidly. Ants leave a track to inform their friends of where to find the good stuff. To avoid further infestation, follow these great recommendations:
- Clean the kitchen daily, wiping the table and counter tops
- Sweep the floors and pick up crumbs
- Store food in tightly sealed containers
- Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink
- Take out the trash regularly
Finally, identifying the type of ants you are dealing with will help you get rid of them more rapidly. Remember that there way more ants than there are humans and getting rid of all of them is truly not a reasonable expectation. Be patient, be vigilant, and to make sure you find the right solution to your ant invasion contact the pest and termite control experts since they are the pros.