Have you recently discovered that a colony of ants has decided to move into your home? Do you want to get rid of them before they get even worse? While ants are relatively clean and germ-free, in comparison to roaches and other insect pests that might inhabit your home, they're still an annoyance and can cause damage if left unchecked. Unfortunately, it can also be difficult to eradicate them once they establish themselves. Difficult, but not impossible. Some things that can help you to eliminate the ants that are now invading your life include:
1. Call in a professional: There are many different ant species, and each one can be slightly different in how they need to be eliminated or in what hazards they possess. One of your local pest control services can send out a professional to look at the ants in your home and let you know whether they are carpenter ants, black crazy ants, or some other type of ant.
Knowing what type of ant is involved will allow you and the pest control services company to work on a plan for eradication. Without this type of knowledge, getting rid of your ants could take much longer or might not ever happen.
2. Repackage your kitchen: Despite their small size, ants have powerful jaws. This allows them to chew through just about anything that isn't metal or glass or thick plastic. Sandwich bags, cereal bags, cereal boxes, and even chip bags can all be chewed through if the ants get any hint that there might be tasty food on the other side.
In many cases, the holes made by the ants are so small that you might not notice anything is amiss until you get to the portion that ants have already eaten. To get rid of the ants, you'll need to either temporarily stop buying certain items or to repackage them in ant-proof containers that have an air-tight seal.
3. Don't use sprays: While your local pest control services might use a spray to give you some relief from the hordes of ants, this is just a temporary relief. Ants can build up an immunity to certain toxins over time, which is one of the reasons why you also shouldn't use store-bought insecticide sprays for any significant length of time. Instead, work with your pest control professional to install bait stations in the areas with the most ants.
These bait stations will be filled with a slow-acting poison that the workers will carry back to the queen which will then kill her. It may take a few weeks to a month to see a noticeable change in ant population, but this solution is much more permanent than simply spraying everything.