Do over-the-counter ant sprays work?
Ant control that can be purchased at your local hardware store comes in many forms. It’s important to remember that these substances may be harmful if the product label directions are not followed. Unfortunately, they typically won’t solve an ant infestation. Sprays are meant to kill the ants you see and act as a deterrent. Most over-the-counter products have no lasting effect. If the ants are still able to enter your home, they will simply find a way around the spray. Plus, their colony will still be intact, producing more and more ants, all of which will be hungry and headed for you.
In addition, some ant colonies are nearly impossible to reach without specialized equipment. If a colony or nest is located within your walls, a simple spray that anyone can buy will not be sufficient to properly treat the colony. Similarly, outdoor colonies can extend far below the surface, which is where most over-the-counter treatments stop working.
Why do some ant colonies still survive after treatment?
In addition to insufficient delivery of treatment, colonies can continue to thrive for one other simple reason: the queen ant survives. Ant problems don’t start in your home, they start in the nest. You only spot the problem once the ants have invaded your living space. And while you might think that the more ants you see, the more chance they’ll be breeding, this is not the case.
The one sole ant in charge of populating the entire nest is the queen. As long as she is intact, she can produce more ants to enter your home. The more she makes, the more they need to eat. Complicating the matter is that the queen ant never leaves the nest after she has established her colony, so there’s no chance you’ll get to her when you kill those ants in your kitchen.
She creates worker ants to feed the young inside the nest, which she is persistently populating. The worker ants are the ones you see in your house. Other ants in the colony include queens, soldiers and drones. So even if you learn how to get rid of ants in the kitchen, they’ll soon be replaced with new workers by the queen. The only way to get rid of an ant colony that’s causing problems in your home is to get rid of the queen.
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