Because most ants typically found in the home do no significant damage, an ant infestation isn’t the worst pest problem in the world. The good news is that just a few species of ants in North America, out of about 1,000 or so, are likely to set up residence in dwellings, and even fewer are likely to sting or cause harm.
The vast majority of ant species live in gardens and do more good than harm, such as aerating the soil and eradicating pests like aphids. However, ants invading your home are inconvenient and can sometimes spread harmful bacteria. That is why regular pest control is a wise way to prevent the damage they can cause to your home.
What Causes Ants in the Home?
Ants are a prevalent nuisance in homes for several reasons. Indoor rooms, particularly kitchens and pantries, provide them with food and shelter. Ants are attracted to crumbs, spilled food, and pet food; the dark places in walls and beneath floors offer many opportunities for them to build nests. Getting rid of and preventing ant infestations are mostly a matter of denying them food and nesting areas.
How Can I Get Rid of Ants In My House?
Identifying the pathways used by worker ants to travel to and from the nest is an essential first step in removing an ant infestation. Any visible ants crawling about within your home are looking for food, and once they find it, the worker ants return it to the colony. Therefore, the ant creates a chemical trail for its fellow worker ants to follow to obtain additional food.
This behaviour allows you to fight ants since you can now trick the worker ants into carrying poisoned food (ant bait) back to the colony.
Put Ant Baits Indoors
Avoid the temptation to spray visible ants travelling along trails inside your home with insecticides. Pesticide sprays may kill a few visible ants, but others will immediately replace them, and they will wholly eradicate the infestation. Instead, place ant bait for these worker ants to carry back to the hidden nest and utilize them as a ticket into the colony.
Spray Pesticides Outdoors
If you happen to follow ant trails and find the colony’s outdoor nest, a hefty dosage of liquid insecticide that can soak down to reach the queen might be a good idea. It may be adequate to saturate the nest with an approved insecticide spray (following all package guidelines). However, double-check that this is the colony that’s causing your interior infestation. Many varieties of ants are beneficial garden insects that people should not kill.
Keep Things Clean
For the prevention and control of any pest, sanitation is essential. Ants, like all living things, require water, food, and shelter to survive. Ants leave their colony’s protection in search of food and water. Make things difficult for them. Maintain a clean environment by keeping food sealed, floors swept, and surfaces clean.
If you don’t clean up the ant trails until the infestation is gone, the ants will be able to find your bait and carry it back to the colony. After getting rid of the infestation, clean up and maintain the path surfaces.
How to prevent ants in the home?
Ants are tiny insects that can get inside homes and structures through microscopic cracks and openings. Seal around windows and doors and all cable, pipe, and wire access points to reduce this. Hire professionals from ICE Pest Control to regularly inspect your foundations for minor gaps that ants can use to access your property.
Lastly, keep things clean of crumbs and store goods in sealed containers. As such, you deprive ants of the items they seek and eliminate the primary reason they come indoors. If you require pest control services in Toronto, please get in touch with us for a quote!