How To Control Ant Infestations

By | 03.11.2006

Ants are one of the most common pests that you can find around your home, and good home ant control will help you control these persistent little pests. Not only are they a nuisance, but ants can contaminate food, build nests and ugly mounds around and on your property too. They can also cause structural damage to your home by hollowing out wood for nesting or opening a path to their source of food. Other species of ants, like fire ants, are able to inflict painful stings which can be life-threatening to some hypersensitive individuals.

To nearly all home owners, ants will all look pretty much the same. In honest truth, there are dozens of different species of ants that can occur in or around your home, they each have unique characteristics that may influence how you can practice ant control on them and what methods are the most effective against the ant species that you have around your home.

Depending on where you live the most common ants that will invade your house includes pavement ants, acrobat ants, carpenter ants, odorous house ants, and pharaoh ants. Each of these species can become a major nuisance to a majority of the people across the globe.

Ant control can be frustrating for most people but understanding their characteristics will help you to treat them. Ants are a social type of insect and they live in large groups and they work together, sometimes with other ant colonies of the same species (but they will usually fight with others). Their colonies can range in multiple differing sizes from hundreds to even millions of single ants depending on their species and where they live.

Inside of each colony are different types of ants each with their own roles and jobs that perform a certain function. Every ant colony has a single Queen, she is the principle member responsible for laying eggs and reproducing the ants. The eggs will hatch into larvae that will turn into adult ‘worker’ ants. The workers will feed and care for the queen and the rest of the colony.

The foraging ants will lay invisible odor or pheromone trails that they can follow to and from the ant’s source of food and their nest. If you notice ants inside your home they could be nesting either inside your home or outside your home and the foragers could just be moving from the nest and into your home.

One ant control method you can use is to clean the perimeter of your home and then sealing up any entrances they might be using to go in and out. They will be left disoriented afterwards, by setting up baited traps they will actively look for food and they will end up finding the traps. Nests are most often located in the ground, usually marked by a mound or an anthill. In other times, the nest might be concealed under some mulch, gravel or other stones often used for paths and walk ways.


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