If you are like most homeowners, you’ve had an ant problem at some point in time. To get rid of ants for good often proves to be very difficult. Of course, you can’t have ants trailing all through your home and making a nest in your walls. So, just how do you get rid of ants?
The queen ant will never leave her nest and is responsible for all the egg laying in a colony. These eggs will eventually become the next generation of worker ants. This means if you get rid of the ants you see first, the queen will simply keep making more worker ants to invade your home.
Understanding the function of ants is important to the process of ridding them. As strange as it may sound – your first task is to get rid of the ants you can’t see. This is because of the way ant colonies work.
Why Ants Invade
The worker ants you see in your home have only one job – find food and bring it back to the queen and her young. Once a worker ant finds food, it will return to the queen while leaving a scent trail in its wake. This is so other worker ants can return to the same source of food source. Ultimately bringing it back to the nest.
How to Get Rid of Ants
Depending on the size of your ant problem, you may need to call for help to get rid of ants. Whether you are attempting to do this yourself, or plan to enlist the help of a professional, the steps are similar. Here’s how.
Find the Food Source
Finding the source of food attracting the worker ants is often the first step. Knowing what is attracting the ants in the first place gives you the advantage and presents an opportunity to kill the ants you don’t see first. This means that easy-to-find household sprays simply won’t work in the long-term.
Put Down Bait for Worker Ants
One of the best ways to get rid of ants, regardless of colony size, is to replace their food source with ant bait. This will result in the worker ants carrying the bait back to the nest for the queen and the rest of the colony. As a result, the queen and baby ants will eat the ant bait and die off, stopping the regeneration of the colony and endless supply of worker ants.
We recommend you enlist the help of a professional to get rid of ants. This is because professionals are specially trained and have experience understanding the type of ants you are dealing with. Each species have varying food preferences and behavioral tendencies. This greatly affects the strategies that are chosen to get rid of ants.
Ant baits work as a slow-acting insecticide. They allow the worker ants to carry the bait back to the colony before succumbing to the poison. So, it may take a while before you start to see visible results of your efforts to get rid of ants.
It’s important to keep in mind that ant baiting tactics are extremely beneficial for homeowners with substantially better long-term effects when compared to spraying ants here and there.
In order for you to get rid of ants, it’s always best to work with a professional exterminator. Ant control works best when you work with Budget Brothers Termite & Pest. We provide an integrated program that includes measures for prevention, exclusion, and control.