Natural ant control | tips and tricks for home ant control
on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by Terminix
Natural ant control is a difficult thing to achieve. More times than not, ant colonies are more extensive than you realize with sub-colonies on neighboring properties. That means that even if you eliminate them it's easy for them to return to your property and home.
Effective natural ant control includes identifying what types of ants may be trying to invade your home, along with certain steps you can take to control these pests. However, enlisting the services of a professional pest control company is the best way to secure a long-term solution
First step for natural ant control: identifying the pests
There are several different kinds of ants a U.S. homeowner may encounter. Fire ants have a painful sting and can be difficult to get rid of, because they can easily reinvade from neighboring yards. Argentine ants live in colonies that have numerous sub-colonies located on nearby properties. Carpenter ants can damage the wood in your home by tunneling through it, and Pharaoh ants can invade your food. Different ant species may require different strategies, and trained pest professionals can identify the ants involved and offer the more effective solution.
Natural ant control: preventative steps
Ants enter your home seeking a food source, so putting food away is a big part of preventing an infestation. Clean kitchen surfaces thoroughly, vacuum daily and make sure to rinse recyclables before discarding them. For Argentine ants, you’ll need to remove places where they can nest like heavy ground covering vegetation, piles of stone or lumber and also seal exterior cracks and holes where they could enter.
Natural ant control: the ongoing challenge
Good sanitation efforts are helpful and sealing points of entry is a step that can make a big difference. For example, a good way to disrupt ant trails is to wipe them with a solution of vinegar and water. However, most homeowners discover that, despite their best efforts, ants just keep coming back. Even using ant bait is usually not enough, because not every ant species will feed on ant baits and each trail could involve a different ant colony.
Natural ant control: the solution
The most effective way to protect your home from ants with natural ant control is by calling in an expert. A trained professional can identify the type of ant you’re fighting and can provide the right long-term solutions to get rid of ants.
With more than 85 years of experience, Terminix® trained professionals have the knowledge and experience to provide solutions to your pest problems. The Terminix Pest Control Plan provides guaranteed protection against 27 of the worst kinds of pests, including ants. Certain pest solutions, including fire ants, carpenter ants and Pharaoh ants, are available in select areas only and may require an additional inspection.
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