Ants are one of the most common pests found at home. There are over seven hundred different species of ants. The good thing is that only about twenty-five species infest home. They all differ in size. Some species of ants carry bacterial which they can use to contaminate your food. The only thing that they all have in common is that their sight is a nuisance to the eye just like every other pest. They are eusocial insects. In other words, they have a very organized and structured society, which consist of the queen, the king, the soldiers and the workers. Most times I get amazes of how they came up with such an organized government.
Ants are always on the search for food and moisture and are highly attracted to sugary substances, which are what makes the kitchen a very vulnerable place for infestation. The big question is how they get in; it may be through an open door or furniture brought into the house. The truth is if you find an ant inside your home, there is a very high chance that there is a colony of ant somewhere in your house. Except in a situation where an ant just wandered into your home. If that is the case, then I am sure you really have nothing to worry about.
How Do I Prevent Ant From Infesting my House?
- Clean your food spills as often as possible.
- Store your fruit in the fridge or any airtight vessels or containers.
- Clean your trash cans as often as possible inside and outside.
- Always ensure you wash your pet’s food dish.
- Occasionally inspect indoor plant pot for any insect activity.
Make it harder for ants to get in the first place. By sealing any gap in windows, your doors, or even in the foundation of the buildings. Tip: An excellent solution to use is silicone caulk
Ways To Rid Your Home Of Ants
Call for help from any licensed pest control personnel; This is always my first advice to everyone. And you should start considering this option once you notice the infestation is just above average because the chances are that you will waste money and time trying to handle this problem.
Use insecticide; There many insecticides or insecticides that you can use to handle this issue. You can go to your pest control shop and buy an insecticide of your choice. This option is a bit toxic to you so do ensure you leave the house with your pets as soon as you spray it — also protective cover over every food item and kitchen utensils. Insecticides are most useful when the infestation is not that severe. In severe cases, you may have to find the main settlement of the ant for better effect.
Biological approach; Using a natural enemy is the cheapest way to handle pest most times. So if you are a fan of reptiles than I suggest you get an Iguana. That is if and only if it is not a severe infestation.
In conclusion, it can make any home inhabitable for homeowners, or tenants; however, if you must get rid of them, you need to do it right. Ensure you do not cause harm to your loved ones, pets, yourself, as well as the environment. If you are not sure on how to go about this, then call your local pest exterminator as soon as you can to guarantee a pest-free home you and your family rightly deserve.