Living in the South means living with one of the most frustrating and difficult to control insects in the world, the ant. From Fire Ants, Little Black Ants(Often Called “Sugar Ants”) and Carpenter Ants to Odorous House Ants, Argentine Ants, Pavement Ants, and several hundred more species, ants are all around us. Fire ants pack a painful sting and different species of ants are also capable of transmitting diseases.
What should a homeowner do when dealing with an ant infestation? First, it is critical to identify the type of ant you are dealing with. While insecticide sprays and granules are effective at temporarily killing most ants, in most cases you are going to want to combine these with a ant-specific bait for longer term control.
Ant baits are formulated for specific ants based on the type of food they prefer. Some ants like sweet foods and others prefer foods containing proteins. Easy right? Well not so much depending on the type of ant you are dealing with. You see some ants prefer sweets part of the year and proteins other parts of the year.
It is not just food that attracts ants to your home. A constant source of water is also an attractant to ants. It is critical for a homeowner to identify and correct any deficiencies in and/or around the home that may be causing moisture or standing water. If this is the primary attractant for the ants, you may find your ant problem goes away after the source of water is no longer available to them.
For homeowners frustrated with chronic ant problems, a visit or visits by a licensed pest professional may be the way to go. With the ability to properly identify the type of ant and points of entry into the home, pest professionals can quickly solve your ant infestation. Combining liquid or granular insecticides with ant-specific baits can provide homeowners with a long-term solution to their ant problems.
FAQ Ant Control
1.What is the best outdoor ant killer? Depending on the type of ant, it may be best to use a combination of products. Baits work more slowly but are more effective long-term. Granular and liquid insecticides work more quickly but may not be transferred back to the rest of the colony.
2.What are carpenter ants? Carpenter ants are large black ants that excavate wood for nests. They are considered an outdoor pest. Determining the location of the nest is critical to effective carpenter ant control.
3.Why are ants in my house? How to get rid of ants? Ants are usually attracted to homes by either food, water, or both. Removing sources of food and moisture is a critical first step to getting rid of ants. After that, an application of ant bait and ant insecticides should help reduce the ant infestation.
6.Ants in my yard infestation. How to deal with it? It is critical to determine the type of ant you are dealing with. Fire ants for instance can be very difficult to completely eradicate. Treatment of individual mounds will usually just cause fire ants to move to another area in your yard. Slow acting ant baits are highly effective in the management of fire ant infestations.
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