Pest Control for Ants
Ants are social insects and thus live in colonies like other ones in Winston-Salem, NC, the best way to eradicate them is to kill the entire colony. This can be achieved by spraying a typical ant spray because a repellent spray will only kill a few of them. Ants may enter your house foraging for food as well as shelter. You need to understand the behavior of ants so as to choose the best pest control method for the process. The ants usually enter through small openings while foraging on food or water. They are seeking for either protein/grease based foods or sweet based food. After getting a food source, ants will leave a pheromone trail for other ants to follow.
Some of the common ants in the United States include Pharaoh Ants, Crazy Ants, Carpenter Ants, Argentine Ants, Pavement Ants, Leafcutter Ants, and Ghost Ants. Having understood the behavior of these ants, you will be able to achieve the best ant control.
The first step to controlling the ant is inspection; this will require you to find the nest. You have to follow their trails because ants usually lay down a chemical pheromone trail along their established route and from the source of food so that other Ants can easily find the food and consume it.
Inside the kitchen, you should inspect along the carpet edges, windows, doors, and the entire areas of the kitchen. The easiest way to find a trail to the nest is to watch where ants go after they reach the source of their food. It is better to inspect at night if you are targeting carpenter ants because they are nocturnal. You can also spot Carpenter Ants emerging from damaged wood inside the house, water-damaged wood, foraging outside in woodpiles and tree stumps.
The following are the appropriate steps to control ants after the inspection:
Ants that live outside and forage in the home
Ants that live outside will travel inside your home so as to search for food; however some species would reside and nest inside houses. This kind of infestation can be prevented by following these steps:
Seal all cracks and crevices so as to eliminate passages into the home. Since ants find it easy to find an entry point, you may find it difficult to seal them all.
Clean around entry points with a detergent to remove the chemical trail pheromone, then spray a repellent to prevent further infestation.
Ants that live inside your home
Some ants don’t just enter your home to forage for food, some ants will establish a colony inside.
Indoor colonization occurs throughout the year, especially in warmer climates. Ants’ species that lives in colonies include Crazy Ants, Argentine Ants, Pavement Ants, Thief Ants, Carpenter Ants as well as Pharaoh Ants. All these types of Ants may infest food products. The best method for the control of these ants is the use of baits; these baits can be used safely around pets and children when the instructions are followed appropriately. The active ingredient in the bait may be a sugar based or protein based which will attract many varieties of ant.
Special Considerations for Carpenter Ants
Carpenter Ants are very active during the evening hours when foraging for food, both inside the house as well as outside. When you observe the ants at night, you will be able to determine the appropriate place to place your bait. The treatment of the nest is the last resort for the control of Carpenter Ant. unless you treat the entire nest effectively, the colony may simply scatter. A non-repellent insecticide can be used to minimize this risk in such situation.