While ants may be more sanitary than cockroaches and less frightening than spiders or wasps, they can also present serious problems for homeowners. Most homeowners will immediately set up ant traps in order to deal with the problem in the hopes that the baits will keep the ants from coming into their house. This makes a certain kind of sense and, in some situations, it will actually work. The homeowner may not necessarily be aware of how or why it worked, but it did. So the problem is solved. In cases where the ant traps don’t work, they come to us.
Homeowners need to be aware of two important facts concerning ants. They are much more dangerous to your home and the wood making up your home than you probably think and they draw a number of other invasive species that eat them for food (like spiders).
Also important to keep in mind is that there are over 12,000 different kinds of ants across the world. There may be dozens of different types in your own backyard. In order to figure out how to manage an ant situation, you need to know what kind of ant you’re dealing with.
Why Do DIY Ant Control Methods Fail?
What is the first thing you do when you find ants in your home? If you’re like most people, you buy ant traps. This isn’t a terrible idea. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. The question is why?
Ant traps are considered baits. Baits work by drawing ants into the trap by giving them something that they think they’ll want. Ideally, they will carry this substance back to the nest where it will wipe out the entire colony. Worst-case scenario is that they actually draw ants into your home.
There are a number of different kinds of baits and not all baits are effective against all kinds of ants. Pest control professionals will determine what kind of ant problem you have before deploying a solution to rid you of that problem.
For homeowners, certain species of ants can be very difficult to tell apart. The tiny black ants that you see all over are actually two distinct species of ant: The pavement ant and the odorous house ant. They’re nearly impossible to tell apart. The best way to tell them apart is by crushing the ant and then smelling the broken carcass. If the ant’s dead body smells relatively pleasing (like pine or coconut) you are dealing with the aptly named odorous house ant. Most people do not, however, want to crush and smell ants.
The nutritional needs of ants will differ depending on the time of year. Spring is all about loading up on proteins while the ants prefer sugars and carbs in the late summer and fall. Baits that may be effective in the spring may fail by summer. There’s a lot you need to know.
When the Baits Work and the Ants Keep Coming Back
There are different types of baits as well as different types of ants. “Fast killing” baits are not ideal because they basically draw ants to their death. If your goal is to keep the ants out of your home, then drawing them in there just to die is not the preferred technique.
In essence, all baits our lures but some work better than others toward a specific goal. If you like watching ants die then, by all means, fast killing baits are for you. If you want to get rid of ants, then you need the slow killing variety. The ant will take the poison and bring it back to their colony which will wipe out the entire colony. In cases where this process fails, you have ants coming back which essentially perpetuates the problem that it’s trying to solve.
Reach Out to Us for Help with Ant Control in Colorado
Ants can bore holes in your woodwork, plaster, and do considerable damage to your home. They create trails by leaving pheromones for other ants to follow. If your home provides ants with sustenance, then, chances are, you’re going to have an issue with ants. Most homes do.
The Boulder ant control team at Elevate Pest Control deploys solutions that not only terminate an existing problem but prevent a future one. Give us a call or talk to us online to set up an appointment today.
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