Large sized ants:
How To Get Rid of Ants
How can I control ants?
Ants are a social insect that live in colonies. Treatment plans should include killing the entire colony. Just spraying an ant with a typical ant spray, particularly a repellent spray will only kill a few at best.
Ants may enter your house foraging for food or seeking shelter. Understanding the behavior of ants will help you with the recommended pest control procedures outlined here. They enter through the smallest openings, foraging for water or food. They are in search of either sweet based food or protein/grease based foods. Once they find a food source, ants will leave a pheromone trail for other ants to follow.
Do I have Ants or Termites?
"Do I have Ants or Termites? is another frequently asked question, because many people can't tell the difference.
Ants have segmented waists, and Termites are approximately the same width along their entire bodies, without pinched waists. Ant antennas are bent whereas Termite antennae are straight.
To get your Ant problem under control, inspection is important as the first step.
To find Ant nests, follow the Ant trails. Ants lay down a chemical trail (pheromone) along their established routes to and from a food source so other Ants can easily follow the trail. Inside the house, inspect along the carpet edges, doors, windows, and all areas of the kitchen. The trail to the nest may be found by simply watching where the Ants go. Since the larger Carpenter Ant is nocturnal, inspection is more effective at night. You can spot Carpenter Ants emerging from damaged wood inside the house, or foraging outside in woodpiles, rotted or water-damaged wood, and tree stumps.
Outside the house, inspect around foundation walls, areas of vegetation, and mulch. Any vegetation found near patios and walls may hide some Ant nests or their trails. Check under any item that is on the ground; the Ants may be hiding a nest.
There are two categories of ant control that will be encountered with an ant problem. Either way, eradicating Ants takes patience !
Ant control strategy depends on the type of infestation and which Ant is responsible. Identifying which type of Ant you have is helpful, but may be difficult without a magnifying glass. It is also helpful to use a magnifying glass to inspect Ant trails and nests.
Ants that live outside will travel inside your home to search for food. Some species ultimately reside and actually nest inside houses. Follow these steps to help prevent either type of infestation:
There are some Ants that don't just enter and exit your home foraging for food, but actually establish a colony inside. Refer to Ant Control Inside for more in-depth information. Indoor colonization occurs year-round, especially in warmer climates. Ant species that live in homes include Argentine Ants, Crazy Ants, Odorous House Ants, Pavement Ants, Pharaoh Ants, Thief Ants, and Carpenter Ants. All of these Ants may infest food products. Ant Baits are a very successful method of controlling Ants. They are safe to use around pets and children when you follow directions. Ant baits come in gels, granules, or stations. The active ingredients in these baits may be sugar-based or protein/grease-based, to lure a variety of Ant species and target their dietary needs./p>
Carpenter Ants are most active in the evening hours when foraging for food, both inside the house and outside. By observing Ants at that time, you may be able to tell where to spray or bait. Treating the nest itself is the last resort for Carpenter Ant control. Unless the entire nest is effectively treated, the colony may simply scatter. Use a non-repellent insecticide to minimize this risk.
The best way to treat Carpenter Ants inside the house:
Prevention of Carpenter Ants
To prevent further Carpenter Ant infestations:
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