How Do You Know if You Have an Ant Problem?You will see them. Ants live in large colonies usually located in underground tunnels. Most species will nest outside buildings, and enter just to find food. A successful scout leaves a scented trail for other ants to follow back to the food source. This accounts for the orderly trail you sometimes see when ants are in transit!
Tips to Prevent an Ant InfestationRemoving access to food and water is the easiest way to avoid all pest problems. Since ants are one of the tiniest pests of all, ensure even minor food residues, spills, and crumbs get cleaned up inside the house. Outside of the house, keeping garbage, compost, and firewood well secured and several meters away from your property will deter them away. Try these other tips to prevent ants from inviting themselves into your home:
How to Get Rid of Ants in Your Home or Business
Depending on the severity of your ant problem, you may be able to treat a minor ant problem without the assistance of professionals. If you think you may have an infestation to contend with, we recommend contacting us to discuss your particular circumstances. As always, estimates and advice are free, and we will give you our professional opinion and advice for treatment.
If you wish to apply your own ant control, the following techniques can be effective and are commonly applied within a household or commercial setting:
- Ant Baits. Ant baits containing boric acid or hydramethylnon will slowly eliminate the colony, and are generally of low toxicity to other animals. These products are commonly sold at hardware stores. Ant trails are frequently found along baseboards, carpets and wall edges, or along the edges and corners inside cabinets. Place bait in the path of foraging ants, but out of the reach of children and pets.
- Chemical Sprays and Dusts. Chemical barrier treatments can be applied to door and window frames to prevent outdoor nesting species from entering indoors. Spraying indoors where trails have been observed may cut off food and water sources for an indoor nest. Unfortunately, some chemical-barrier spraying may cause the colony to bud. This is one reason the DIY approach can be unpredictable.