Here are some very useful methods in the treatment and prevention of ant infestation
Unlike snakes or skunks, ants are social insects that live in colonies. Of course, a single ant isn’t harmful so when we’re talking about ant infestations, we’re usually talking about ant colonies being formed inside people’s homes.
Ant colonies can contain hundreds and even thousands of ants. In the United States, the most common types of ant infestations are carpenter ants, crazy ants, fire ants, argentine ants, and leafcutter ants.
Ant infestations are more common during the warmer months when ants are more active. Getting rid of an ant infestation is not a difficult task. These nasty little critters can easily be taken care of by following some simple steps. However, first, we must look into the causes of ant infestations
Causes/Signs of Ant Infestations:
- As we mentioned before, ant infestations usually occur during the warmer months as this is when ants are the most active. They usually leave their nests in search of food and water. This is when they wander into the homes of people.
However, some species, such as carpenter ants may invade homes in order to create colonies inside moist or decaying wood. Ants can either choose to build nests outside the house and enter the house to forage for food, or they can actually build nests/colonies inside the house.
- One of the biggest challenges that residents can face is actually locating where ants have built their nests. Ants mostly build nests inside walls or other elusive places where humans don’t look.
However, when ants locate a food source, they leave a chemical pheromone alerting the entire nest about the location of the food source. Then, ants take the food back to their nest by going in a long trail. Following their trail can help you locate their nest.
Treatment and Prevention:
- Ant infestations are not particularly difficult to deal with. Ants, despite numbering in the thousands, are not a direct threat to humans, unlike some other animals e.g.; snakes. But still, they are a nuisance and do pose health risks such as smallpox and dysentery.
They can also cause damage to food supplies and property depending on where they build their nests. Furthermore, ants reproduce rapidly so their colonies can spread quickly. When talking about removing ant infestations, people immediately think of using chemical sprays or insect repellants. This is not a permanent solution because of the following two reasons:
- Insect repellants will only kill a few dozen ants, and the numbers are in thousands in an infestation
- Many store-bought insect repellents contain harmful chemicals that might damage a garden or other useful insects like ladybugs.
- To find a permanent solution to an ant infestation, first, seal all entry points that may lead ants inside your home. This includes doors, windows, small cracks or openings inside walls, etc. Ants can very easily get inside homes through even the smallest openings so ensure that all entry points are sealed.
Secondly, make sure that whatever is attracting ants inside your home i.e. food, etc is taken care of. This can be done by cleaning kitchen spills, placing food inside airtight containers or in the fridge, and making sure that no leftover crumbs are found.
- Ants can also swarm garbage bags for food so you must make sure that your trash bins are regularly cleaned and there are no leftovers inside the trash. In order to truly get rid of ant infestations, their colonies must be removed. For this, you can either contact a professional or you can use ant baits to get rid of these nests.
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