It is never fun to find that you have an infestation of rodents around or in your dwelling. Ants are hard to eliminate. They are very social beings. They live in large nesting colonies. Like bees, the colony has a queen and a great deal of employees who take care of her. She’s the only one who lays eggs.
When the worker ants are foraging, they leave a pheromone trail to alert their tribe they have located a food source. There are tons of things ants will eat, including timber, human food, plants, and even animal issue.
What can you do when you find you have a problem with ants, especially inside your dwelling?
Find the Nest
If you suspect that the ants are nesting somewhere in your house, you really need to discover the nest and eliminate it. If you see ants all year round foraging in your kitchen, it is likely they are living inside. Ants will nest by burrowing into wood. The nest could be inside a wall or in a loft. If you can find the nest, it is likely that you will have to use a chemical pesticide to get rid of it.
If the ants are coming indoors during warmer weather, it is a great measure to seal as many entry points as possible on the exterior of your residence. Ants will have a tendency to crawl in at the base of wall siding, through pipe penetrations, and where wires enter the home. They will also use plants to scale up to window sills. Caulking and sealing any holes and cracks is a fantastic idea.
Cleanliness is one of your best defenses against ants. Wipe down countertops, clean up dirty dishes, and keep crap covered. Don’t leave food out, particularly sweet food. Place grains, other starches, sugar, and some other sweet syrup or honey in tightly sealed containers.
You may safely use powdered, food-grade diatomaceous earth along the perimeter of your kitchen counters. This literally rips through the exoskeletons of the ants and dries them out. People who walk through it is going to eventually die. This does not eliminate the queen who stays home all day.
The queen must proceed. Otherwise, the workers will keep feeding her and she will continue to lay eggs. Store bought bait traps are not really that effective. There are sweet gel baits that you can place drops of along baseboards and in corners of counters. They will eat the bait and take it back to their queen. She will subsequently consume it and, hopefully, that will put a stop to the colony. You can also create your own bait.
As mentioned above, ants are very tough to eliminate. You must be diligent about maintaining after the infestation. In very bad cases, you may need to hire a professional exterminator. It may get discouraging but do not give up because it is going to only get worse if you do.