Ants are never welcome guests. Even though over-the-counter treatments may seem like the easy (and inexpensive) answer to your pest problem, they won't always completely eradicate the issue. If you're wondering why common remedies aren't working, learn why your home's ants aren't responding to a DIY solution and what you can do about it.
There are more than 10,000 species of ants around the globe. Even though it's not likely you'll ever meet most of these insects, differences among species make ant identification and treatment tricky for a non-professional. If you're wondering why your ants won't respond to the treatment you've chosen, it's possible that the bait, trap, or other option doesn't work for the species.
Ant identification is best left to the professionals. All ants share common characteristics, such as three body parts (a head, thorax, and abdomen), antennae on the head, and a petiole (pinched together body area located between the ant's abdomen and thorax).
Depending on the species, ants have different types of coloring and may or may not have wings. Ants also come in different sizes, even among one species. The queen and males are typically bigger, while minor workers are smaller in size.
Matching the pest control treatment to the specific pest is a necessary part of the extermination process. If you're not sure whether the household invaders are pavement, thief, crazy, pharaoh, carpenter, or another type of ant, call a pest control professional before you try a DIY fix.
A quick trip through your local home improvement store makes it seem like every bait works for every ant. This isn't always true. Different types of ants have different preferences and aversions. If your ants avoid the trap you've set out, chances are it doesn't match the pest's preferences.
There's a common misconception that all small-sized home invading ants enjoy sweets. While there are plenty of species that flock to sugar-filled substances, some prefer either greasy or protein-based bait. Not only does preference vary by species, but it also changes depending on the time of year.
Ants’ nutritional needs change by season. This influences their preferences, which makes it a challenge to match the ant and the bait — unless you're a professional.
Spot sprays or squashing ants as they walk by won't eliminate the problem effectively. To eradicate the ants, and stop the invasion, you need to exterminate the colony or nest.
The idea behind DIY baits is that the ants forage for the chemical ingredient and bring it back to their nest. As it enters the nest, the chemical killer spreads through the colony and eliminates the pests. While a fast kill solution seems ideal, if you stop the ants before they return to their nest, you may not completely eradicate the colony.
Using DIY baits may result in a temporary reduction of numbers. But this supposed solution goes without the full effect. A pest professional has the expertise and equipment to eradicate the colony. This includes knowing how much bait or chemical to use, what type to use, and where to place it.
The pest service professional also helps you to control a future infestation. DIY ant baits won't do much to stop these pests from invading your home again. Regular maintenance and routine inspections can stop ants from coming into your home (or spreading) before they become a problem. These services vary, depending on your home's needs and the types of ants that are common in your area.
Do you need professional help eliminating an ant issue? Contact Godfather's Exterminating, Inc. for more information.