Summer is the time when the ant army usually comes marching into your home in search for food. Soldiers, workers, scouts and the whole colony makes an appearance in just a span of days and before you even realize, you have a huge ant problem that is making its presence felt in the form of ants foraging in the kitchen, ants in the bedroom, ants in the wardrobes and ants just about everywhere.
There is only one way to deal with an ant infestation, a professional ant extermination service.
Irrespective of whether you have read a few articles on the internet or watched a few tutorials about using diatomaceous earth to deal with an ant infestation, it is almost impossible to tackle one unless you hire professionals.
That’s because different ant infestations require a different type of a professional ant extermination service.
Most homeowners are unable to identify the ant species correctly and this is where it starts to go wrong.
There are a few ant species that commonly invade homes in the US. Here are a few of them.
- The Acrobat
- The Argentine
- The Carpenter
- The Fire Ant
- The Harvester
- The Ghost
- The Pharaoh
- The Thief
Unless you can identify the exact ant species, you cannot try and use a DIY technique to kill the ants. A professional ant extermination is only possible if you know what you are dealing with. For example, carpenter ants make their nests in moist wood and are extremely difficult to find and control. The tiny black ant on the other hand usually makes the colony outside the home and can be dealt with a lot more easily.
How to deal with an infestation
A rookie mistake that many home owners make is to believe that the infestation will cure itself. How many times have you made the same mistake? Pests rarely leave a home once they find what they are looking for. When it comes to ants, the ones that you see foraging on the kitchen floor are only 5% of the colony. Imagine the total number of ants that are living in your home.
The best way to perform a s to start as soon as you notice a problem.
The first thing to do is to make the place uninhabitable. Remove any sources of food that may be in the open. This includes your pet food or your bird feed. Keep everything locked. If you spill any food on the counter or on the couch, clean it up immediately. Be diligent about this. With the food supply stifled, the ants will have no option but to go elsewhere. This is called starving the ants out of the house. You must also seal any entry and exit points that the ants may be using to gain access to your home.
Lastly, if nothing else works, you have the option to use ant sprays that are available over the counter. But these will only be able to kill the ants that you can already see. It is not effective in treating an infestation.
Once again, the best way to deal with an ant infestation is to hire a professional ant extermination service. You will get assured results and you can concentrate on your core competencies instead.