Everything You Need to Know About Ant Control
Despite being pesky, ants are quite fascinating in Columbia, SC. Ants are meal-seekers. That’s why when you notice ants infestation, the chances are that you have a habit of leaving a mess on your counter top, unwashed dishes in the sink, food crumbs on the carpet/floor, and not emptying the trash frequently. It often starts with a few foragers entering your home, and a whole lot following thereafter, establishing colonies in your lawn, walls or under the foundation of your house. In order to make sure the infestation is put to a stop, contact your local pest control company now.
There are a ton of species of ants across the globe. While most people know what ants are, they might find it hard to distinguish them from another pest – the termite. Here’s how to tell them apart:
- Ants have longer legs than termites
- Ants have visible waists
- Ants have bent or clubbed antennae
Not all ants spell doom to your home’s foundation. However, the biggest trouble with all ants is that they can contaminate your food. They often lug around a host of bacteria on their bodies, which can quickly get into your food as they crawl across the counter tops. Of course, the presence of ants in your home in and of itself is a nuisance.
Even so, some ant species such as fire or carpenter ants, cause insurmountable damage to your wooden structures. An ants’ bite is also quite irritation and can trigger allergic reaction.
Ants Control Methods
First things first, ants are quite hard to contain and even harder to kill. To add insult to injury, there are more than 1,200 types of ants. However, identifying the kind of ants invading your home is the first step in getting rid of them and preventing future infestation. For some species of ants, e.g. Pharaoh ants, using ant baits can do the trick.
Bait might not work for all ants, however. That’s why it’s important to track them back to their colonies. This way, you can treat the colonies directly, and rid yourself of the invasion for good. Often that means you need the professional help of an exterminator.
Other techniques include:
- Stay on top of your cleanliness as food and dirt attractants
- Seal off areas where ants might infest
- Clear mulch away from the foundation of your home
Ants Control Products
The following products might come handy:
- Carpenter ant repellent
- Spraying foragers and the colony with insecticides
- Ant bait and gel
- Fuse foams and ant sprays
- Diatomaceous Earth
- Homemade ant remedies such as borax, cinnamon, white vinegar, lemon, and peppermint, just to name a few