Warm weather winters create high activity in the insect world. That often means you have those little bugs crawling on your kitchen counters, in your food, and in your cabinets. Controlling ants is a tough job, even for a trained pest control technician.
Did you know that you can exterminate ninety percent of an ant colony, and it can still rebuild itself?
They’re some pretty tough rascals. The rebuilding often takes a couple of years. So you treat for a population explosion, kill 90% of the family, and you don’t see any of these insects the next year. Perhaps you don’t see any for the next two years.
Then all of a sudden they’re all over your kitchen on fine spring day, and you’re left wondering where they came from.
All you need do to rid yourself of the ants in your kitchen is spray some insecticide in the right places, and you kill the ones you see. Most especially if you use a suspension type chemical spray that leaves a light layer of powder behind when the liquid of the spray dries.
These bugs are creatures of habit (like most insects). Ants mostly travel in lines strtaight to a food source, and back to the colony. That’s because the colony scouts go out to find food, and they leave a pheromone trail as they travel. Once they find the food they “tell” the gatherers “just follow this trail here, and bring back the food you find at the end.”
That’s why you often see two columns of ants – one going toward the food, the other carrying food back home.
The technique of controlling ants with spray has a couple of problems in my opinion.
The first concern is pretty obvious when you consider what happens when you spray. Especially if you use a suspension as I mentioned earlier.
When you spray for those ants in your kitchen, and most critically on your counter or in your cabinets, you introduce poison to yourself, and your family. That dust, or powder, layer the spray leaves behind can migrate into your food when you prepare a meal on the counter. And the ants carry it into your food when they climb into the boxes, or containers. (When they live long enough to reach those boxes and containers.)
You don’t want to take that risk.
There’s also the reality that most of that ant population still lives inside your walls. Just a small part of that family of bugs crawl around your kitchen gathering food. When you spray you only get the insects you see.
You’re not controlling ants that way.
Spraying leaves the ants inside the colony pretty much alone. It doesn’t even come close to wiping out half of the population. Let alone as much as 90%. Remember what I said about the colony rebuilding abilities of ants?
If you really want to get a handle on an ant invasion you need to use baits.
As the insects travel they find the bait (when it’s positioned properly), and they carry it back to the colony.
You need to understand that different baits are formulated for different species of ant, and you need to learn the proper places to position the baits so the bugs don’t develop a condition we call “becoming bait shy,” which means they figure out that it isn’t food that’s healthy for them. And they leave it alone.
I wrote my ebook, “ANT RIDDANCE,” so you can learn the techniques for ant control. It tells you how to recognize what kind of ant is pestering you, how to find the colony entrance, and how and where to place the bait for best results.
If you have an invasion you understand the frustration of trying to get rid of these pests. You need to learn a pest control process for controlling ants. It’s fairly simple once you know how. Check out my ebook to learn an ant control process today.