Why do I have an ant problem?
Ants can come into your home for any number of reasons, but more than likely, they are searching for food. Your home just happens to be close to where a queen decided to set up her colony. Just like humans, ants must eat to survive. They also have to feed their young.
Your home is a potential food and water source for these pests. It can also provide protection from predators and the elements, thus serving as a potential site for new colonies when they’re ready to expand. Clearly you’ll want to stop an invasion and colonization from happening.
Is it easy to get rid of ants?
Unfortunately, ant control isn’t always an easy fix. Some ant infestations have nothing to do with how clean or dirty your home is. Your property could simply be a haven for ants. This can create problems for homeowners as the late spring and early summer.
Other scenarios can be as easy to fix as getting rid of any ants that you see crawling around. Wipe down the area where the ants traveled with a regular kitchen disinfectant wipe. This will erase the scented trails they leave behind. Ants that have never been in your home can follow this trail directly to the food sources previous visitors have found.
Do you need to know what type of ants you have in order to get rid of them?
Knowing the species of ant you are dealing with is key to stopping the problem. If you know your enemy, you will know where to find the nest, what sources of food are drawing them into your home and which management approaches will be the most effective.
Carpenter ants require a much more enthusiastic line of attack. Carpenter ants are very tough to control, particularly since they have a preference to nest in moist wood. These nests can cause extensive wood damage, and because moist wood is usually found in damaged locations, this can possibly create greater trouble than just having a few ants walking across your counter. Carpenter ant nests are hard to find since they can nest in a variety of locations both inside and outside your home. A more thorough investigation will have to be conducted by a pest management professional before they help you draw up the most effective pest control plan for battling carpenter ants.