Getting Rid Of An Ant Infestation
When ants find a great food source, they will swarm indoors into your business or home. Ants live in a colony, so if there is a source of food nearby the word spreads quickly around the ant colony and they will follow the scent trail into your home.
Because your kitchen is where you prepare food, you may not want to use pesticide sprays as a form of ant pest control. But you can take practical steps to exterminate ants and ensure that an infestation doesn’t happen again in the future.
First of all, you need to figure out what types of ants you’re dealing with. More than likely they will be the common pavement ants. Carefully observe the ants and take note of their characteristics.
The next thing you need to do is find out how the ants are gaining entry to your home or business. Watch their movements and see where they are coming and going from. Once you find the entry point you can seal it so they can’t get in again.
Now you’ve found the entry point it’s time to track the ants back to their source – the nest. Ants use the same trail back and forth using scent, so it shouldn’t be difficult to follow them home.
Next you can take steps to do your own pest control for ants. Bait for ants can be used to attract a large number of ants. The bait is also poison which the ants will carry back to their nest and will eliminate a large number of the colony. It can take a while for the poison to become effective. If the ants are still a problem after a few weeks consider a different solution to your ant problem.
To prevent future ant infestations you need to erase all scent trails with disinfectant or bleach. There are also a lot of home remedies you can use to prevent ants. Using citrus smells around your home is a great ant deterrent because they hate the smell of it. Various herbs and spices may work as well to repel ants.
If your home or business is suffering from an ant infestation you may want to call in a pest control expert who can give you advice on the extermination and prevention of ants.